Paris and Los Angeles Confirmed As Hosts For 2024 and 2028 Olympics

Tomas Mccoy
September 15, 2017

We have the two best possible hosts.

Celebrating the decision in jubilance, Paris and Los Angeles both expressed their excitement in bringing home the Olympic Games.

Garcetti spoke of "a pretty radical revolution".

The two cities are getting the hosting rights without the usual dramatic vote. There are no losers today.

"These two gentlemen never gave up on LA's Olympic dreams - and thank goodness, they didn't", he said.

The French capital is set to be confirmed as the Olympic host in 2024, with the 2028 Games going to Los Angeles.

The idea of the agreement came to light after a working group of IOC Vice-Presidents studied the possibility of a double allocation of the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028. A new IOC evaluation committee report nodded off the switch as LA now became the first city to have 11 years to prepare for the Games.

Paris hosted the Summer Olympics in 1900 and 1924.

International Olympic Committee chief Bach first signalled publicly that the double-award of an Olympics could be on the agenda in December previous year, lamenting that the bidding process produced "too many losers".

Both cities are making extensive use of existing and temporary venues and have huge public support, and are planning with budgets of well under 10 billion dollars - modest, especially compared to the estimated 50 billion dollars Russian Federation spent on the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.

"I couldn't be more happy than I am right now", Bach said. "We now have a big opportunity to create and build these Games for 2024 in a very strong partnership with LA".

"We're ready now", LA mayor Eric Garcetti said, speaking to a city that has virtually every sports venue already in place. "Together, L.A., Paris and the International Olympic Committee will demonstrate the Games' enduring value to host communities".

Garcetti had one word of advice for future bidders though as he and Hidalgo encouraged other cities to step forward again.

" 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.

"Our goal has always been to create a Games concept that fits the long-term needs of LA and its people, not change our city to fit the Games", said LA 2028 Chairman Casey Wasserman.

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