Trump travel ban a hurdle for LA's 2024 Games bid

 30 Jan 2017 - 21:07

AFP

Los Angeles: Amid unease in the sports world over travel limits imposed by US President Donald Trump, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Sunday called the city hoping to host the 2024 Olympics "a place of refuge" for the world's vulnerable.
Garcetti, a prominent figure in the LA 2024 bid, has condemned the Trump travel restrictions, and reiterated amid demonstrations at Los Angeles International Airport his belief that Trump's moves are counter to American and Angeleno ideals.
"Los Angeles will always be a place of refuge, where the most vulnerable people fleeing war, or religious or political oppression, can find a safe and welcoming home," Garcetti said.
"Congress outlawed the banning of immigrants by nationality more than 50 years ago because we have long known it does not make us safer."
Los Angeles is battling Paris and Budapest for the right to host the Summer Games, with the International Olympic Committee due to choose the hosts at a meeting in Lima in September of this year.
It is not clear how much the global outrage over Trump's 90-day ban on travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries and a suspension of the arrival of refugees for at least 120 days might affect the American city's hopes. The targeted countries are Iraq, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
But the ban, ordered Friday, was making waves in the sports world. The captain of the US soccer team, Michael Bradley, hit out at the restrictions, saying the move left him feeling "sad and embarrassed."
Bradley took to Instagram late Saturday to elaborate on earlier comments he had made about the issue to Sports Illustrated journalist Grant Wahl.
"I gave an answer where I tried to make it clear that while I understand the need for safety, the values and ideals of our country should never be sacrificed," Bradley said. "I believe what I said, but it was too soft.
"The part I left out is how sad and embarrassed I am.
"When Trump was elected, I only hoped that the President Trump would be different than the campaigner Trump.
"That the xenophobic, misogynistic and narcissistic rhetoric would be replaced with a more humble and measured approach to leading our country.
"I was wrong. And the Muslim ban is just the latest example of someone who couldn't be more out of touch with our country and the right way to move forward."