Los Angeles appears poised to take another step toward the 2028 Olympics, despite questions about future costs.
The Los Angeles city council rubber stamped the host city contract Friday, paving the way for bringing the 2028 Summer Olympics to southern California.
"Today's vote by the City Council is a resounding show of confidence in our fiscally responsible plan for 2028 and more evidence of Angelenos' passion to return the Games to LA", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement after the vote.
Included in the MOU are provisions that give the city representation on the LA 2028 Board of Directors, require City consent over any significant venue changes and quarterly LA 2028 presentations to the Council in its first three years of operations.
Prior to the vote more than 50 Olympic and Paralympic athletes joined the bid leaders to give support for bringing the games back to the city. They endorsed the bid in January after receiving a budget and an independent analysis of the spending plan, which were provided more than a month in advance.
The council members voted 12-0 in favour of signing off on the documents which would see the city host the Summer Games for the third time in history.
The contract has been signed today in order to meet an International Olympic Committee deadline of August 18, despite no revised budget or independent analysis having yet been carried out. The vote immediately followed a meeting of the council's committee on the Olympics, which also unanimously voted for the agreements.
Los Angeles started off competing with other cities around the world for the 2024 Games, but eventually all bidders except for Los Angeles and Paris dropped out.
The move, which was encouraged by the International Olympic Committee, means that Los Angeles is required to tweak plans for the Olympics in order to receive final backing from the City Council.
"The Los Angeles Olympics was the greatest time of my life", Lewis said.
"This new MOU ensures that our City priorities remain front-and-center in LA 2028's preparations for the Games".
Under the agreement, LA 2028, the committee behind the city's Olympic campaign, will invest up to $160 million to increase youth sports programmes in the city during the 11 year run-up to the Games.
The LA City Council still needs to approve the new MOU at its meeting on August 11.
Council President Herb Wesson delivered passionate remarks defending the new deal and said despite the late change to '28 from '24, the council had worked on the Olympics for more than two years. "I remember getting a gold medal and running around the track".