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    2028 Los Angeles Olympics

    Alibaba shells out to become top Olympics sponsor until 2028, will help IOC create e-commerce site
    BY ALEX LINDER IN NEWS ON JAN 20, 2017 12:40 PM



    Chinese online giant Alibaba continues to expand its global footprint, inking a deal yesterday to become a major sponsor for the Olympics until 2028.
    In becoming a top sponsor, Alibaba joins an elite group of 12 other international companies such as McDonalds, Panasonic, Visa and Coca-Cola. The privilege will cost them around $800 million over the 12-year span, a source familiar with the deal told Bloomberg.
    Alibaba will be tasked with creating a new global e-commerce platform for the Olympics, developing a new Olympic television channel for Chinese viewers and using its cloud platform to to operate the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) digital presence "more efficiently and securely," according to a press release.
    Timo Lumme, head of the IOC's TV and marketing division expanded more upon that first task in an interview with Yahoo Finance, stating: "A globally accessible e-commerce platform, which means that somebody in San Francisco can buy Tokyo merchandise, or somebody in Shanghai can buy Team USA merchandise. Alibaba’s going to help us reach those 700 million-plus online consumers in China who are wanting to be able to experience Olympic content on a day-in, day-out fashion.”
    The sponsorship deal -- which is the longest signed by any Chinese company -- will of course include the highly-anticipated 2022 Beijing Winter Games, not to mention the 2018 winter Olympics in nearby South Korea's Pyeongchang and the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo.
    Specifically, Alibaba will use its cloud platform to run the IOC’s digital presence “more efficiently and securely,” according to a press release; it will create a new global e-commerce platform for the Olympics; and it will help develop the IOC build its new Olympic television channel for a Chinese audience.
    Despite its incredible success inside China -- doing $17.8 billion in sales in one day last November -- Alibaba isn't satisfied, searching for opportunities to invest abroad and expand its services to consumers in other countries.
    Earlier this month, Alibaba founder and CEO Jack Ma met with US President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, vowing to create 1 million new American jobs in the next 5 years.
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    2024 Paris, 2028 Los Angeles

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    It’s official: LA gets 2028 Olympics, Paris gets 2024
    By Nick ZaccardiSep 13, 2017, 1:48 PM EDT

    By a show of hands, the IOC confirmed that Paris will host the 2024 Olympics, and Los Angeles will get the 2028 Olympics.

    As expected, IOC members approved an agreement made among the two cities and IOC leaders earlier this summer to make the historic double award.

    Before that, today’s meeting in Lima, Peru, was scheduled to be a vote between Paris and LA for the 2024 Games only. Recognizing the two strong bids, IOC leaders pushed this spring and summer to award Olympics and Paralympics to both cities this year.

    LA and Paris gave 25-minute presentations Wednesday with speeches and videos to IOC members before the show of hands.

    The LA 2028 speakers included Olympic champions Allyson Felix, Janet Evans and Angela Ruggiero. Michael Johnson, who turned 50 on Wednesday, was also in attendance.

    USOC chairman Larry Probst spoke of perseverance.

    The U.S. lost in bidding for 2012 (New York City) and 2016 (Chicago). Its original 2024 bid city, Boston, dropped out two years ago after lack of local support.

    For LA, it started with a January 2013 letter from former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the USOC expressing interest in bidding for the 2024 Olympics. It was signed by Magic Johnson and Tom Hanks.

    LA lost to Boston in the initial competition to be the U.S. host city before taking over quickly after Boston bowed out. It navigated a crowded original 2024 international bid race that saw Rome, Hamburg and Budapest all drop out.

    “It has been a formidable journey to get here, but we never gave up hope,” Probst said in his speech Wednesday.

    Paris’ presentation included a video titled, “24 words for Paris 2024” that featured Olympic judo champion Teddy Riner and Neymar, the Brazilian soccer gold medalist who last month transferred from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

    MORE: Paris Olympic bid plan includes Eiffel Tower area

    Additionally, French president Emmanuel Macron spoke in a pre-recorded video.

    “I wanted to re-emphasize here the full commitment of a whole country behind these Games,” Macron said. “In our world today, defending the values of Olympism also means working for greater balance, more multilateralism and towards a more inclusive, more sustainable society.”

    The last time two Olympic hosts were determined at once was in 1921, when the 1924 Paris and 1928 Amsterdam Games were awarded, according to Olympstats.com. LA and Paris will join London as the only cities to host the Olympics three times.

    The U.S. will host its first Olympics since 2002 (and first Summer Games since 1996). Paris will host for the first time since 1924.

    The U.S. ends its longest drought between hosting an Olympics since the 28-year gap between 1932 and 1960. It failed in bids for 2012 (New York City) and 2016 (Chicago).

    Paris was a finalist for 1992, 2008 and 2012.
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    Looking forward

    The Olympics steamrolled Tokyo activists. Now LA residents are bracing for a fight
    Protesters demonstrate outside the Japan National Stadium before the closing ceremony of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Photograph: Igor Belyayev/Tass
    Plans for 2028 will exacerbate housing crisis – and low-income residents have no voice in the matter, tenant activists say
    Liliana Michelena
    Sun 15 Aug 2021 04.00 EDT
    A few hours after the Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron at the fairly downbeat Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony, a group of about 50 people crammed the backyard of a Los Angeles bookstore to celebrate their own “Nopening Ceremony”.

    Under a banner that read “Olympics kill the poor”, local activists and scholars at the Echo Park venue took turns telling stories of Olympic-related displacement and gentrification they had witnessed in host cities past and present. The tales were meant to prompt the local residents in the audience to heed the warning: in a city like Los Angeles, already marked by a large unhoused population and a critical housing crisis, the 2028 Olympics may only exacerbate these problems.

    Just as Tokyo 2020 marked the end of the Olympiad, the meeting was the end of a cycle for anti-Olympics groups in Los Angeles, and the beginning of a new one. By their own timeline, they have only a couple more years to close the door on LA 2028. And while the specific strategies are still to be determined, they have not changed their general vision.

    “No to the Olympics is no,” said Leonardo Vilchis, co-founder of the tenants group Unión de Vecinos (the Neighbors’ Union). “We are not going to negotiate our defeat. Instead, we will act aggressively to stop things from happening.”


    As Los Angeles grapples with a critical housing crisis, activists warn that the Olympics will make things worse. Photograph: Rob Latour/Rex/Shutterstock
    Much of their strategy will be informed by the recent experience of Tokyo, where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) steamrolled opposition from local residents against the event. Under the contract to which the IOC, the city of Tokyo and the Japanese Olympic Committee agreed, people in Japan had no say on whether the event should go forward, nor any power to stop it in a case of changed circumstances, such as the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Up to 83% of respondents in a May 2021 survey by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper said they didn’t want the Games to take place in Tokyo this year, a sentiment mostly driven by the pandemic.

    Los Angeles is poised to host the Games under the same rigid terms imposed in the host city contract, which was signed in 2017 without public engagement and turns over the major calls to the IOC.

    Vilchis sees similarities in the undemocratic nature of this imposition and is mostly concerned about the gentrification hosting the Games on those terms could sow. “It is people looking at the real estate, the government sweetening the deal and promoting these things supposedly for the benefit of a community that has no say in how this will impact them,” he said. Locally, his organization has been fighting such messaging in his neighborhood of Boyle Heights, where they have opposed coffee shops and art galleries purporting to “revitalize” the neighborhood.

    “They basically came to increase property value and push out businesses for our lower-middle-income neighbors,” he added. “In cities like ours, there is already a tendency to displace poor people, to sacrifice them for projects that are supposed to benefit them, and all of this is accelerated by the Olympics.”

    Cities bidding to host the Olympics often see them as boons to urban development, worldwide exposure and increased tourism revenue, a view endorsed by the IOC. That has proven not to be the case. In fact, costs tend to outweigh tangible benefits, and every Olympics since 1960 has gone over budget. With a conservative estimate of $15.4bn, Tokyo 2020 is already the most expensive Summer Olympics on record.

    Jonny Coleman, member of the NOlympics LA coalition, argues Angelenos are in a much more vulnerable place than the citizens of Tokyo.

    “The inequality here is way more extreme, and it’s a problem the city has been trying to handle – pointing rifles at people in tents in Venice Beach, changing the policy to criminalize homelessness, you can feel the pressure to do it,” he said.

    Harrison Wollman, press secretary for the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, said: “Los Angeles already has all the world-class stadiums, venues and infrastructure it needs to have a successful Olympics and Paralympics, so these upcoming Games won’t rely on any new developments.”


    The Los Angeles Chargers practice at SoFi Stadium, which is expected to host the 2028 opening and closing ceremonies. Photograph: Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times/Rex/Shutterstock
    The prospect of the Olympics has already opened doors for development projects. SoFi Stadium, the multibillion-dollar development in Inglewood expected to host the 2028 Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies, has been driving rents up and low-income tenants out. Since 2016, the predominantly Black and Latino area has been the target of landlords and real estate developers seeking to profit from the presence of SoFi and the forthcoming new LA Clippers arena.

    Across from the University of Southern California, Expo Park and the Banc of California stadium, a rent-controlled apartment complex is being demolished to make way for “the Fig”, a mixed-use development that will contain a hotel, student housing and residential housing. Citing a “need” for more hotels for the Olympics, the Los Angeles city council has approved taxpayer subsidies for the project.

    “People want to see sports, but when you come into town and cause a tornado of destruction, people are going to rethink how it’s all coming through,” said Abdul Hood, a delivery driver and a regular at LA Tenants Union meetings. “We’re just in the way. They don’t care about us and they let us know that by the way they treat us,” he said.

    “They need to stop planning around us and include us in the development plans,” he added. If not, he trusts the education of tenants and the articulation of similarly minded organizations across the city will “put a dent” in LA ’28. “We have a few years to battle with them.”

    By Coleman’s account, they have until 2023. Partnered with other community action groups such as LA Can, Street Watch and Unión de Vecinos, NOlympics LA is spearheading the citywide resistance, retelling the story of 1984 and the irregular process that landed the city the 2028 Games when it had been bidding for 2024.

    “The next couple of years are crucial to continue expanding our base,” he said. “The groundwork is being laid, the policy has to be set at a certain point, and then it becomes extremely difficult to push it out.”

    Coleman concedes that “there are still a few Olympic diehards” in LA politics, but he sees an opening with local elections looming and the impending departure of the mayor, a primary proponent of the LA 2028 bid.

    “I think they’ve seen what’s going on in Tokyo and maybe do not want to die on this hill and don’t want it to come back on them.”
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