Paris to host 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles to follow in 2028

Mike Rowbottom

Mike Rowbottom

Paris officials were adamant about not waiting an extra four years, while Los Angeles officials were more amenable to hosting in 2028.

Both cities had wanted to host the 2024 event after Hamburg, Rome and Budapest withdrew from the race.

"Together we must do everything in our power to ensure that Paris hosts a magnificent games in 2024". We have two great winners in Paris and Los Angeles, and in the Olympic Olympic Movement and the athletes. With fewer cities vying to host the games as costs connected to the biannual event surge, the International Olympic Committee said at the time it would award the 2028 games simultaneously.

"Bringing the Olympics back home to LA gives us the chance to imagine what our city will look like a decade from now", said Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles. After LA declared its candidacy for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games on July 31, the IOC Evaluation Commission compiled a supplementary analysis following further consultations with LA 2028 bid leaders and subject matter experts, and further written submissions. These events reflected sporting and Olympic values, such as respect and friendship, and also highlighted the attractiveness of France - which plays host to many major sporting events -, as well as French innovation and expertise, and the French language, one of the IOC's two official languages.

The two cities are getting the hosting rights without the usual dramatic vote.

The Paris Games will come on the 100th anniversary of its last turn - a milestone that would have made the French capital the sentimental favorite had only 2024 been up for grabs.

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"L.A.is a city where the Games are not a barrier to making progress; we know that they are an accelerating force to re-envisioning a better city and a better world in the days ahead as we welcome you back to the City of Angels", he said, mentioning his 5-year-old daughter Maya, who will be 16 when the Olympics kick off in the city in 2028.

It wasn't such a bad idea considering the news still seeping out about a bid scandal involving a Brazilian IOC member's alleged vote-selling to bring the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.

"We can count on higher revenues, increased International Olympic Committee contributions, and an investment of up to $160 million to increase youth sports programmes in LA in the years leading up to the Games".

IOC chief Bach meanwhile said the Olympic movement had secured the result "we were looking for".

"Paris and LA are two great world cities with exceptional Games plans, and they will provide unforgettable stages for sport".

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