2024, 2028 Olympic Games: Paris, Los Angeles win hosting rights
2024, 2028 Olympic Games: Paris, Los Angeles win hosting rights
All those in favour...IOC members confirm their agreement at a rubber-stamping event
15 September, 2017, 01:16
IOC President Thomas Bach embraced both cities' mayors on stage after a unanimous show of hands by IOC members ratified the awards. Los Angeles will join the group four years later.
That reality hit hard when three of the original five bidders for 2024 - Rome, Hamburg, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary - dropped out, and the U.S. Olympic Committee had to pull the plug on its initial candidate, Boston, due to lack of public support.
For Paris, however, the wait has been considerably longer.
After the announcement, representatives from the two host cities, the IOC and President Bach signed official contracts for the Olympic Games, respectively.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is promising "cost efficient and sustainable games" when the French capital hosts the Olympics in 2024.
"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".
Paris was awarded the 2024 Olympics and Los Angeles the 2028 Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday, the first double allocation in nearly one century in reaction to several cities withdrawing their bids.
"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.
And the International Olympic Committee for transforming an unruly bidding process to lock down its future by choosing not one, but two Summer Olympics hosts at the same time.
The 2028 Olympics will be the first held in the United States since the chaotic 1996 Games in Atlanta.
"Today, LA 2028 is taking the final step in our bid, and preparing to begin our 11-year journey as an Olympic host city", Garcetti said.
The expected windfall comes as welcome news to the city, which is finally seeing improving tourist numbers, following its loss to London for the 2012 Games.
Paris previously hosted in 1900 and 1924.
The AP adds this will be the third Olympics for both cities, and the Los Angeles games will be the first Summer Olympiad in the US since 1996. 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.
Tokyo, the host of the next summer Games in 2020, has also had to fend off allegations of corruption regarding the decision to award it the Games four years ago.
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The LA 2028 team were casual and relaxed, with Bid Chair Casey Wasserman promising a "unique brand of California cool". The only question was: Which city would agree to take 2028? For Paris, however, the wait has been considerably longer.
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