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Trump voices support for LA 2024 bid in call to Bach

AFP  |  Los Angeles 

United States President-elect Donald Trump has spoken to chief Thomas Bach to express his "strong support" for Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Games, officials said.

The 2024 bid team said that Trump had spoken to President Bach on Wednesday in a call arranged by Mayor Eric Garcetti.

"President-elect Trump spoke with President Bach to express his strong support for the @Olympics & #LA2024's plans to host a great games," LA 2024 revealed on Twitter.

An spokesman later confirmed the call had taken place but did not provide details of the conversation.

The call follows assurances from Garcetti that Trump's as US president will not harm Los Angeles' bid for the games.

There has been speculation that Los Angeles' hopes could be hurt by the of Trump, who won the race for the after a campaign characterised by rhetoric which included a call for a temporary ban on Muslims travelling to America and describing illegal Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug-traffickers.

Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest are the three cities vying for the right to stage the 2024 Games.

The IOC will make its final decision in September 2017 at a meeting in Lima.

previously hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1984.

If it wins, Los Angeles will be the first American city to host the since Atlanta in 1996.

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First Published: Fri, December 02 2016. 09:42 IST