LIMA, Peru – The International Olympic Committee has selected Los Angeles as the Host City of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, returning the Summer Games to the United States for the first time since Atlanta 1996. The City of Angels will be hosting the Olympics for the third time (1932, 1984, 2028) and the Paralympics for the first time.
At the IOC Session in Lima, IOC members unanimously voted to ratify a tripartite agreement between the IOC and the cities of LA and Paris, with the 2024 Games going to Paris and 2028 Games to LA. The agreement follows the IOC members’ unanimous approval at the July 2017 Extraordinary IOC Session for the simultaneous election of the host cities of the 2024 and 2028 Games.
In its final presentation to the IOC today, LA 2028 highlighted the City of Angels’ plan to create a New Games for a New Era by harnessing LA’s unparalleled creative, storytelling assets to deliver the world’s greatest sporting event in a low-risk, fiscally responsible and sustainable way.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States. For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels. LA loves the OIympics because the Games have lifted up our city twice before. But to us the Games have always represented an even brighter future and the chance to harness the power of sport and the Olympic Movement again to inspire the next generation – for the next 11 years and beyond.”
LA 2028 Chairman Casey Wasserman said: “This 11-year agreement with the IOC is the ultimate validation of LA 2028’s New Games for a New Era, and Los Angeles’ vision for the future. As a team and as a city, we could not be more excited to be entering into this long-term partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic movements, and with one of the great cities of the world, Paris. This will be an extraordinary collaboration that secures the future of the Movement for generations. Now LA 2028 has a golden opportunity, with four more years to prepare and a $2 billion contribution from the IOC, to redefine how hosting the Games can benefit host communities.”
United States Olympic Committee Chairman and U.S. IOC Member Larry Probst said: “Today is one of the most significant days in the history of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements – and it’s one we’ve been waiting to celebrate for many years. Los Angeles’ Games plan is second to none and will have a far-reaching impact domestically and abroad. This visionary dual award will no doubt provide an era of unprecedented strength and stability for the global Olympic and Paralympic movements, and the LA Games will absolutely fulfill their promise of being a New Games for a New Era.”
USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said: “A Games on home soil is an extremely special opportunity that will allow us to grow and serve the Olympic and Paralympic movements for decades to come. We couldn’t have found a better partner than Los Angeles to give a new generation of American athletes and fans the experience of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. I look forward to seeing the innovation, imagination and sustainability Los Angeles will use over the next 11 years to create and deliver something truly magical.”
Los Angeles and the USOC jointly launched the LA bid on Sept. 1, 2015, and shifted the candidature from 2024 to 2028 on July 31, 2017, after coming to terms with the IOC. Under the revised Host City Contract, LA 2028 is able to invest up to $160 million to increase youth sports access and participation in Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games. The new Host City Contract will also provide LA 2028 with an 80 percent share of any Games surplus and an IOC contribution of $2 billion. In August, the LA City Council and USOC board approved the updated agreement.
The bid has been overwhelmingly supported in the city of Los Angeles, the state of California and throughout the entire United States.
U.S. IOC Executive Board Member and LA 2028 Senior Advisor for Legacy Anita DeFrantz said: “I couldn’t be more proud that my beloved city will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028. The Olympic Games are intimately woven into the history of this ever-evolving city – it is part of what defines us. Just as we reimagine ourselves and our stories daily, we are ready to redefine the Games once again, not only for our own benefit, but for the prosperity of this critically important movement. These Games will build on the legacy that began in 1932 and was cemented in 1984, and will touch the lives of Angelenos and Americans for decades to come.”
U.S. IOC Executive Board Member and LA 2028 Chief Strategy Officer Angela Ruggiero said: “Los Angeles has always been a committed partner to the Olympic and Paralympic movements. This city – which played a critical role in my Olympic journey – is home to some of the world’s most creative, athletic and innovative people. Our diversity is our strength, and LA is uniquely and perfectly suited to welcome the world with open arms once again. It is an amazing and defining honor for a city to host the Games, and Los Angeles stands ready to surpass all expectations in 2028.”
Media Information | World Cup of Softball XII
The World Cup of Softball XII features seven of the top 10 world-ranked teams in the world and marks the first international softball event in the United States since the announcement of softball’s return to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Team USA’s #JourneyToJapan begins now as the road to qualify for #Tokyo2020 begins right here in OKC!
USA Junior Women’s National Team (19-Under)
World Cup of Softball XII Game Schedule
OGE Energy Field:
Puerto Rico vs USA JWNT – 11 am
Canada vs USA JWNT – 1:30 pm
USA vs Philippines – 4 pm
USA vs Mexico – 6:30 pm
Japan vs Canada – 11 am
Japan vs Puerto Rico – 2 pm
Australia vs Mexico – 4:30 pm
Australia vs Philippines – 7 pm
OGE Energy Field:
Japan vs Mexico – 9:30 am
Mexico vs USA JWNT – 12:30 pm
Australia vs USA JWNT – 3 pm
USA vs Canada – 6 pm
Japan vs Philippines – 12 pm
Canada vs Philippines – 2:30 pm
Australia vs Puerto Rico – 5 pm
OGE Energy Field:
Canada vs Mexico – 10:30 am
Philippines vs USA JWNT – 1 pm
USA vs USA JWNT – 4 pm
USA vs Japan – 7:30 pm
Puerto Rico vs Philippines – 10:30 am
Canada vs Puerto Rico – 1 pm
Japan vs Australia – 4pm
OGE Energy Field:
Puerto Rico vs Mexico – 10 am
USA vs Puerto Rico – 1 pm
Japan vs USA JWNT – 3:30 pm
USA vs Australia – 7 pm
Mexico vs Philippines – 12:30 pm
Canada vs Australia – 3:30 pm
OGE Energy Field:
Seed #1 vs Seed #2 – 12 pm
Seed #3 vs Seed #4 – 2:30 pm
Seed #7 vs Seed #8 – 12 pm
Seed #5 vs Seed #6 – 2:30 pm
USA vs. Canada on July 6, 2017 – (ESPN)
USA vs. Japan on July 7, 2017 – (ESPN2)
USA vs. Puerto Rico on July 8, 2017 – (ESPN2)
USA vs. Australia on July 8, 2017 – (ESPN2)
Seed #1 vs. Seed #2 Championship Game – (ESPN)
Online: All other games will be available to watch via live stream on USASoftball.com for free.
General admission single session tickets will be available at the gate. For those ages 12 and older, tickets can be purchased for $10 while youth and senior citizen (ages 4-12/55+) are available for $5. All-session tickets are available for adults for $40, and youth/senior for $20.
Media passes will be available for pick-up at the “Will Call” window at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium throughout the event.
Katie Willis – Communications Manager
Cell: 440.315.2802 I Email: email@example.com I Social Media: @USASoftball
Please note: USA Softball will allot time after the conclusion of each team’s final game of the day for media requesting interviews. Please contact Katie Willis with your requests.
Please note your respective work space will remain open for 1 hour after the final out of the last game of the day. If you need to make other arrangements, please contact Katie Willis prior to the start of each day.
Working media will have access to meals and drinks, which will be located in the VIP area of the USA Softball press box. Please note: there will be no bottled water, but there will be a water cooler in the meal area. Media will need to bring their own bottle, canister, etc. to fill with available water. Bottled water can be purchased at the concession stands along with other snacks.
Ninth-annual Border Battle kicks off today at USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex
OKLAHOMA CITY — A total of 10 teams are set to take the field to compete in the ninth-annual Border Battle this weekend, USA Softball announced today. With 21 games to be played at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex – OGE Energy Field, Border Battle will feature round-robin games involving the USA Softball Men’s and Women’s Slow Pitch National Teams, the USA Softball Men’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team, Canada’s Men’s and Women’s Slow Pitch National Teams and several USA Softball-registered men’s and women’s teams. General admission all-session and single-session tickets are available at the ticket booth outside the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex.
Highlighted by events such as Military Appreciation Day, League Night and Legends of the Game, special activities highlight each day of the Border Battle while groups of 10 or more can receive special pricing. The three-day event will be highlighted by the Men’s Border Battle IX, where Team USA will face Canada and look to keep Border Battle bragging rights on July 1 at 8 p.m. In addition to the featured Border Battle game, the USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team and the USA Softball Men’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team will also be competing in Oklahoma City in the Slow Pitch Showdown on Friday, June 30. Newly introduced to the action-packed lineup at Border Battle IX this year is a Women’s Border Battle game, which will feature the inaugural USA Softball Women’s Slow Pitch National Team who will take the field against Team Canada on July 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Fans will be able to watch each pitch of Border Battle IX online through USASoftball.com. For complete coverage of Border Battle IX including live stats, streaming and results log on to USASoftball.com.
The inaugural “Bash at the Border Battle”, which will take place simultaneously with Border Battle IX, features teams within the USA Softball Super Slow Pitch and Class A Slow Pitch divisions and includes ASP/KV Weld/A&A Utility/OA Labs, ASP Plumbing Services/Monsta, OC, The Crew, TPC/Boompas Burgers and WC Monsta. The teams will compete in a double-elimination bracket to determine who will play in the Championship Game.
131st IOC Session in Lima, Peru Information for the media
1) GENERAL INFORMATION
The 131st IOC Session will be held from 13 to 16 September in Lima, Peru. It will be preceded by a meeting of the IOC Executive Board (EB) on 11 and 12 September.
The 131st IOC Session will take decisions on key policy issues and in areas under its authority, including the election of the host city for the 2024 Olympic Games on Wednesday 13 September.
The two Candidate Cities bidding for the 2024 Olympic Games are Los Angeles (United States of America) and Paris (France).
The IOC Session, the presentations of the Candidate Cities, the vote to elect the host city, the host city announcement ceremony, and the signature of the Host City Contract will all take place at the Lima Convention Centre (LCC).
The meetings of the Executive Board will take place at the Westin Hotel.