JOHN GOODBODY: IOC President Bach should take credit for host city deal

Marie Harrington
July 13, 2017

Los Angeles and Paris are the only two cities vying for the '24 Games and both made formal presentations to the IOC Tuesday in Switzerland. "The aim now is to discuss in particular the compensation paid to the city that will accept 2028, in particular for freezing of the sites originally planned for 2024", added the member of the IOC.

The decision this week comes after Paris and Los Angeles both presented extremely strong proposals to host the 2024 or 2028 Games, and the other potential candidates - Rome and Budapest - pulled out of the running, nearly certainly because of the rising cost of hosting such an event.

The 83 IOC members eligible to vote at an extraordinary IOC Session unanimously approved a proposal from the executive board on the double allocation after both candidates had earlier appeared before the Olympians to present their 2024 bids.

The Games were previously staged in Paris in 1900 and 1924, and in Los Angeles in 1932 and 1984.

The IPC says the 36-year-old man was a thrower from the United Arab Emirates who was entered in the shot put, discus and javelin throw events. Los Angeles will then host the other year.

"We lost three times, we don't want to lose a fourth one", Macron said at the news conference.

It's just not clear which city will host in which year.

"With Los Angeles and Paris, there are two fantastic cities from countries with a profound Olympic history", Bach said.

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John Coates, President of the Australian Olympic Committee and the IOC vice-president who worked most closely on the plan to implement the joint award, claimed the decision could help Brisbane.

Any other cities applying for 2028 can instead concentrate on 2032.

Meanwhile, as the IOC turns its attentions to upcoming Games, starting with the particularly pressing matter of next February's slow-going winter edition in PyeongChang, last summer's event in Rio continues to linger like a stubborn headache for the committee.

Although the two cities have been determined, there still remains a few outstanding questions.

"We will seek an agreement between two great cities and a great movement", Garcetti said.

Olympism is the best, isn't it?

"We are all at the disposition and by the side of the International Olympic Committee which was right to ask itself this question", Hidalgo said at the Paris news conference, citing her friendship with Garcetti as potentially a "key element". "I would not be here if they were not ready".

U.S. President Donald Trump, not present on the day, also chimed in, via Twitter, saying: "Working hard to get the Olympics for the United States (L.A.)".

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