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Los Angeles unleashes star power to woo IOC in Olympic bid

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center, speaks as he is joined by LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman, from left, International Olympic Committee members Anita DeFrantz, Angela Ruggiero and U.S. Olympic Committee President Larry Probst at an evaluation session with the IOC's Evaluation Commission Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Los Angeles is drawing on Hollywood star power.

LA2024 chairman Casey Wasserman hosted a 70-member IOC delegation for dinner at his home Wednesday night. Among the celebrity guests were retired NBA great Kobe Bryant, Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, actor Sylvester Stallone, symphony conductor Gustavo Dudamel and Walt Disney Co. chairman Bob Iger.

The IOC evaluation commission is making a four-day visit to Los Angeles and the proposed venues. The group is to visit all the sites Thursday, including the Rose Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the campuses of Southern California and UCLA.

They began the tour at Staples Center, where Wasserman and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti led IOC members onto the court emblazoned with the Lakers’ logo. Garcetti was among those who took shots that failed to go through the basket.

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