Kobe Bryant developed a reputation as a closer in his 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, so when the city needed someone to close its bid for the 2024 Olympics, why would it turn to anyone else?
Bryant is on the LA 2024 Board of Directors and Athletes’ Advisory Committee, and a pre-recorded video of the Mamba was shown during the city’s presentation to the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“There are so many different cultures represented here, so many different ethnicities represented here. L.A. can be anything you want it to be,” Bryant said in the video. “To have the Olympics here and to have so many different cultures represented would be a beautiful story to tell.”
Kobe’s pitch starts at the 48:37 mark of the video below.
The L.A. Times reports that Los Angeles is now virtually a lock to host either the 2024 or 2028 Olympics after the IOC approved a proposal to name two winners — L.A. and Paris — in the bidding race. Now the committee will reportedly try to convince either L.A. or Paris to go second. If neither can be persuaded, the IOC will proceed with the normal process, choosing only a winner for 2024.
According to NBC Sports, Paris 2024’s final speaker in its presentation on Tuesday was triple Olympic canoe champion Tony Estanguet.