Paris and LA con­firmed as Games hosts

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

PARIS and Los An­ge­les cel­e­brated their coro­na­tion as host cities for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics on Wed­nes­day, de­liv­er­ing a jolt of good news for the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee as it bat­tles es­ca­lat­ing cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions.

In a drama-free con­clu­sion to a three-year bid­ding race, IOC mem­bers voted unan­i­mously to rub­ber-stamp a deal hashed out in July for Paris to be given 2024 and Los An­ge­les 2028.

The pre­or­dained out­come did lit­tle to dampen cel­e­bra­tions in­side the Lima Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, where Paris and Los An­ge­les of­fi­cials cheered and con­grat­u­lated each other.

IOC President Thomas Bach – a driv­ing force be­hind the de­ci­sion to con­firm 2024 and 2028 at the same time – hailed the joint award as a “win-win-win”.

“It’s a mag­i­cal, unique vic­tory,” said ju­bi­lant Paris 2024 bid coleader Tony Es­tanguet as French President Em­manuel Macron saluted a “vic­tory for France”.

Los An­ge­les 2028 lead­ers were equally ec­static.

“This was the right an­swer, it was about fra­ter­nity, it was about friend­ship, it was about find­ing a win-win,” Los An­ge­les Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

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

“I couldn’t be more happy than I am right now,” Bach said. “We have the two best pos­si­ble games for the Olympics in 2024 and 2028, in two great Olympic coun­tries.”

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