Paris and LA confirmed as Games hosts
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.”