The commission, chaired by IOC member Patrick Baumann, published its 180-page report on Wednesday following two days of technical briefings and site visits in both candidate cities in May.
Addressing LA’s bid, which has consistently trumpeted its 'sustainable, low-risk Games Plan’ since it entered the race two years ago, the commission’s report praised an entirely privately-funded proposal that requires the construction of no additional permanent infrastructure other than three new venues that were already planned ‘irrespective of the Olympic Games.’
The report - presented, for the first time, in three parts: a video highlighting key features of each proposal; the written report; and annexes including venue photographs and other reference material - describes LA’s bid as "dynamic" and "futuristic", reserving particular praise for the way in which the American effort would seek to leverage California’s robust technology and innovation sectors.
Addressing Paris - which, like LA, is vying to host the Games for a third time - the report lauds the local organisers’ plan to utilise the French capital’s world-famous landmarks and a compact Games concept that is “fully aligned with long-term development plans of the city and the region”.
By comparison, the report highlights LA’s proposed Olympic Village at UCLA, which, it says, "would offer high-quality accommodation and catering on a green, tree-filled campus with numerous top-notch athletic facilities." There are, however, concerns over limited accessibility on the campus, where “certain areas within the Paralympic Village would be difficult for wheelchair users due to steep gradients”.
In LA, transport also remains a concern, with the report noting the car-reliant nature of travel in the city and the limited capacity and network coverage to the two venue hubs in South Bay Sports Park and Valley Sports Park - although it adds that LA 2024 "has offered a credible plan to address the city’s well-known traffic issues."