International Olympic Committee crowns Paris 2024, Los Angeles 2028 in unique double

15 September, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Ruben Patrick
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It's official, Paris and Los Angeles have been confirmed as hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics. Paris will host the 2024 Olympics 100 years after hosting the games for the second time. 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.

It was solved by Paris and Los Angeles, two cities with a storied tradition of Olympic hosting and an apparent understanding of Bach's much-touted reform package, known as Agenda 2020.

Wasserman, mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix are presenting, as the IOC prepares to award 2024 to Paris and 2028 to LA later this afternoon. Initially, Boston was the city chosen to represent the United States in the 2024 bid, but the city dropped out after officials became hesitant of putting taxpayers on the hook for the cost.

It will be the third time that Los Angeles hosts the Olympics, with the first two happening in 1932 and 1984.

Paris for 2024. Los Angeles for 2028. "This IOC Evaluation Commission report underlines what a historic opportunity LA 2028 is for the City of Angels and the Olympic and Paralympic Movements." he added.

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"These are two great cities from two great countries with a great Olympic history". This paved the way for Paris as the sole 2024 bidder to win the Games unopposed.

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

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.

International Olympic Committee chief Bach first signaled publicly that the double award of an Olympics could be on the agenda in December past year, lamenting that the bidding process produced "too many losers". "We're two great cities, it's two great Olympic hosts and it's going to be two great games". Those with long memories recall free-flowing highways the last time the Olympics came to town, as locals either left the city or heeded warnings to use public transportation or stay home.

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.

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