Paris to host 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympics

Emilio Banks
September 15, 2017

But after Hamburg, Rome and Budapest withdrew from the race, they will play host exactly a 100 years on from the last time France held the biggest sporting spectacle on the planet. "Los Angeles of course builds on the strong proposal that was put forward for 2024, while providing all the necessary guarantees to make us confident that the Olympic Games can be awarded 11 years in advance", said IOC Evaluation Commission Chairman Patrick Baumann.

It will mark the third time - and first since 1984 - that Los Angeles will host the Summer Games.

Los Angeles then dropped its bid for the 2024 Olympics, for which it had been campaigning for over two years, in return for receiving the 2028 edition.

In July, the International Olympic Committee announced it would award the staging rights for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics at the same meeting in Lima, laying the way for a swift agreement between the two over the running order.

The two bids had presentations at an IOC Session in Lima, Peru, before the cities were confirmed as hosts. The wait was much longer than Los Angeles, the French city hosted its last Olympics back in 1924.

Both cities will host their third Olympics.

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Both Paris and Los Angeles made final presentations to International Olympic Committee delegates before the formality of the rubber-stamp vote was taken. As we look beyond our Tokyo comeback, these two hosts represent the best of both worlds for WBSC: "a city full of growth potential in Paris, and in LA a global capital of baseball and softball in our sports' largest market".

"These are two great cities from two great countries with a great Olympic history". The IOC chose to award two games at the same time, and LA later abandoned its bid for 2024 during negotiations with the IOC and Paris. 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.

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.

With a responsible and controlled budget, these Olympic Games will have an estimated economic impact of €10.7 billion for the period 2017-2034, according to a study by the Center for Law and Economics of Sport.

"I think it's a very positive message about the value of the Olympic movement and the value of the Olympic Games", said Sergei Bubka, the Olympic champion pole vaulter, who is an honorary member of the IOC.

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