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Los Angeles to host 2028 Summer Olympics in deal almost assuring Paris gets 2024 Games

US city to host 2028 extravaganza meaning French capital is set to organise 2024 edition

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 August, 2017, 6:26am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 August, 2017, 10:13am

Los Angeles was formally chosen on Monday to host the 2028 Summer Olympics in a deal that virtually assures that the 2024 Summer Games will be held in the rival candidate city of Paris, Olympic officials announced.

Both cities were competing for the 2024 Games after several other candidates withdrew from contention, and the stage was set for Paris to win its bid when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that Los Angeles had agreed to the later date of 2028.

“The IOC welcomes this decision of the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Candidature Committee, and we are pleased to release the Host City contract 2028 in a transparent and timely manner,” said IOC president Thomas Bach in a statement.

The IOC said it would make contributions to the Los Angeles organising committee worth US$1.8 billion.

An official designation of Paris for the 2024 Games has yet to be announced. A representative for Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said definitive word was expected to come when the IOC meets in September in Lima, Peru, after several more steps in the procedure had been finalised.

Still, the IOC’s unprecedented move of awarding two Games at virtually the same time turned the spotlight on security challenges facing the French capital while giving Los Angeles ample time to upgrade its public transportation system.

The co-chair for Paris’ Olympics bid, Tony Estanguet, said its organising team had convinced the IOC “of the merits of awarding” the 2024 Games to Paris but stopped short of saying a final decision had been made.

In a statement welcoming Los Angeles’ agreement on Monday to host the 2028 Olympics, the Paris 2024 committee called LA’s move “a key step in the process of awarding the Olympics.”

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti’s office said he and other backers of the city’s bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games would make an announcement later on Monday.

But the decision was confirmed in nearly simultaneous statements issued hours earlier by the IOC in Zurich and the Los Angeles Olympic bid committee in Los Angeles.

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“It is a win-win for the two cities,” Canadian senior IOC member Dick Pound said. “It’s good for the IOC because we’ve got two great cities lined up for the next two big shows.”

The next Olympic Summer Games, in 2020, is already scheduled to be held in Tokyo.

Hidalgo said talks on the Paris 2024 bid would continue throughout August.

Using the #Paris2024 Twitter handle in a series of tweets, Hidalgo said: “Discussions will continue between our two cities and the IOC throughout August to reach a tripartite deal.”

Los Angeles previously hosted the Summer Games in 1932 and 1984.

Los Angeles, the United States’ second-largest city by population, had argued that it could host a low-cost Olympics given that it already has all the necessary infrastructure in place, while Paris would need to build several expensive new facilities.

But Paris was seen as the front-runner for the 2024 Games because it was passed over in a series of earlier Olympic bids and because the French capital will have marked 100 years since the last time it hosted the Games.

Paris has a world-class public transportation system.

Los Angeles’ notorious traffic and the impact of president Donald Trump’s ban on travel to the United States from certain Muslim-majority nations had been seen as factors weighing against the latest bid by the US West Coast city.

The group NOlympics Los Angeles, which has opposed LA’s bid to host the Games at any time out of concern it would displace low-income residents, said on Facebook that it was not too late to stop the 2028 bid.

“This ‘news’ has been an open secret for months, but it’s not a done deal. City Council still needs to vote to authorise the mayor to sign the host city contract, so call your council member now and tell them to vote HELL NO,” the organisation’s statement said.