September 7, 2005

Los Angeles to bid for 2016 Games – paper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Los Angeles, twice hosts of the
Olympics, will bid to stage a third Summer Games in 2016, a Los
Angeles newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Organizers will announce their plans at a news conference
in Los Angeles later on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the newspaper he was "very
excited about this bid."

"Hosting the Games would be not only great for Los Angeles
and the nation, but also a world community that is searching
for common ground," Villaraigosa said.

Los Angeles hosted the Summer Games in 1932 and 1984. New
York lost out to London in July in its bid to host the 2012

The USOC is expected to pick the American 2016 bid city by
2007 when the International Olympic Committee officially opens
the bid process. The IOC will make its choice in 2009.

(Writing by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina)