The first step in an 18-month campaign to host one of the world's top sporting events will be a lowkey affair with IOC president Thomas Bach and leading officials currently attending the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer.

Bids will be transmitted by USB key to IOC headquarters in Lausanne with Los Angeles and Budapest deciding not to mark the occasion, unlike Paris and Rome.

The Californian city, the 1984 Olympic hosts, will publish their bid on their website once the IOC have confirmed receipt.

The celebration on the US west coast will take place on Tuesday with the unveiling of the city's official logo, a week after Paris unveiled theirs at a special ceremony in front of the Arc De Triomphe.

The Los Angeles bid is in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 which targets cost reduction. Existing installations such as the Staples Center, the LA Coliseum, the Rose Bowl, and university stadiums will be used with athletes to be housed on the UCLA campus.

No ceremony will take place in Budapest where opponents, fearing spiralling costs and risks of corruption, tried to force a citizens referendum to block the bid, like in Hamburg.
The Hungarian capital have announced a modest budget of 2.4 billion euros ($2.7 billion) to build infrastructure.
By contrast, Rome and Paris will mark the handover – The Eternal City getting things rolling early at the Palazzo dei Congressi, the fencing venue at the 1960 Games.


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