International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach is meeting with key officials from Los Angeles 2024 during a visit to the candidate city for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Bach and an IOC delegation were greeted by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Council President Herb Wesson and Los Angeles 2024 leaders, including chairman Casey Wasserman.
The group watched NBA side Los Angeles Lakers play the Charlotte Hornets at the Staples Center, one of the venues located at the heart of the proposed Downtown Cluster for the 2024 Olympic bid.
Double Olympic champion Kobe Bryant met with Bach following the match, which ended in a 101-82 loss for the home team, while fellow basketball legend and Los Angeles 2024 vice-chair Earvin “Magic” Johnson was also present.
Bach’s visit comes as the American city prepares to finalise and hand in the first part of their Candidature File to the IOC, which must be done by February 17.
The submission is due to cover the Los Angeles vision, Games concept and strategy.
Last week, the city revealed they had selected the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as their proposed site for the Athletes’ Village, with the University of Southern California (USC) chosen as the Media Village.
Both venues will be visited by the IOC delegation during their trip, while Bach is expected to meet with more Olympic champions, business leaders and local reporters.
"I want to thank President Bach for visiting Los Angeles and giving us the opportunity to discuss how our plans for a sustainable Games align with his visionary Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms,” said Wasserman.
“Guided by President Bach's leadership, we are creating a Games concept that offers athletes the best, personalised experience through our ideal climate and existing world-class venues, leaving a legacy to inspire the next generation at home and abroad."
Los Angeles 2024 chief executive Gene Sykes, vice-chair Janet Evans, United States Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst and chief executive Scott Blackmun are among the others to be hosting the IOC delegation.
IOC Executive Committee member Anita DeFrantz, who was appointed as a senior advisor for legacy at Los Angeles 2024 last week, and fellow American IOC member Angela Ruggiero, have also met with Bach.
The German is expected to conclude his stay in California by visiting the San Francisco Bay Area to meet with technology executives tomorrow.
"We are honoured to welcome IOC President Thomas Bach to the City of Angels,” said Garcetti.
“Los Angeles is a forward thinking city, where possibilities become opportunities.
“We look forward to showing President Bach and IOC officials our plans to harness our creativity, innovation and fiscal discipline to create a new Games for a new era."
Bach visited rival bidding cities Budapest and Paris back in December, while he met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi last month to discuss Rome’s candidature for 2024.
A host is set to be selected at the 2017 IOC Session in Lima.