|An aerial view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is seen in this July 28, 1984 file photo during the opening ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics. (AFP)
Los Angeles is looking to host the Olympic games for a third time, the L.A. Times confirmed Thursday.
Outgoing mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sent a passionate letter to United States Olympic Committee chief Scott Blackmun, pleading the city’s case for the 2024 Olympics. L.A. hosted the Games in 1932 and 1984.
"On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, I am pleased to confirm our enthusiastic interest in bidding to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games," Villaraigosa wrote. "Our City Council passed a resolution of support for a 2024 bid … We are proud of our city's sports heritage and tradition, and we stand ready to work with you to bring the Olympic Games back to the United States."
Two other American cities, Chicago and Detroit, have dropped their bids but Rome, Paris, Doha (Qatar), Nairobi (Kenya) and Durban (South Africa) are still entertaining the idea of bidding to host the games.
There is also speculation that Toronto, which will be hosting the Pan American Games in 2015, will make a pitch for the Summer Games as well.