In Athens on Thursday (18 May), Los Angeles moved much closer towards staging the 1984 Olympic Games, but it has just ten weeks to fight a home-front battle to confirm its victory.
GVs AND SVs: Lord Killanin, President of The International Olympic Committee (IOC), makes a statement in English.
KILLANIN: 'Ladies and gentlemen I have the envelope here, which I have not seen the contents. None of us have seen the contents, with the result of the voting of the Winter Games. And I will give you the figures for voting.
'There were 75 votes cast. Sapporo receives 36, Sarajevo 39. Sarajevo gets the Games...Gothenberg was eliminated on the first count, when Sapporo received 33, Sarajevo 31 and Gothenberg 10...and one black vote.
'Now, gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen, I would ask you not to leave until I have completed the complete statement on the Olympic Games and Los Angeles' bid.
Because, following my statement, which is a unanimous decision of the IOC, I also have a statement to read on behalf of the International Federations, which was handed to us this morning.
'The International Olympic Committee agreed unanimously: (a) that the 23rd Olympiad be provisionally be awarded to the city of Los Angeles, subject to the city entering into a contract, in accordance with Olympic rules, and in the form prescribed by the International Olympic Committee, before the first of August this year. In the event of such a contract not being signed by the 31st of July, the provisional award of the Games of the 23rd Olympiad to Los Angeles be withdrawn, and new applications called for".'
Los Angeles, site of the 1932 Olympics, had bid without success for the 1976 and 1980 Games, and was the only candidate for 1984 placed formally before the IOC in Athens. The 1984 Winter Olympics will be the first Games to be stage in Yugoslavia.
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Background: In Athens on Thursday (18 May), Los Angeles moved much closer towards staging the 1984 Olympic Games, but it has just ten weeks to fight a home-front battle to confirm its victory. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has granted the Games to the Californian city on condition that it signs a firm contract, accepting full financial responsibility, by the first of August. But the Los Angeles City Council has already rejected this commitment. Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, said he greeted the IOC's decision "with a sigh of great relief" and added, "I think we can work out our problems". The decision to grant the Games to Los Angeles, and the 1984 Winter Olympics to Sarajevo in Yugoslavia, was announced by IOC President Lord Killanin.