IOC says yes to Paris in ’24, and L.A. for ’28
Los Angeles moved to 2028, and those Olympics will halt a stretch of 32 years without a Summer Games in the United States. In exchange for the compromise, L.A. will grab an extra US$300 million or more that could help offset the uncertainties that lie ahead over an 11-year wait instead of seven.
Doing away with the dramatic flair that has accompanied these events in years past, there were no secret ballots and no dramatic reveals to close out the voting.
Bach simply asked for a show of hands from the audience, and when dozens shot up from the audience, and nobody raised their hand when he asked for objections, this was deemed a unanimous decision.
A ceremony that has long sparked parties in the plazas of winning cities — and crying in those of the losers — produced more muted, but still visible, shows of emotion. Paris bid organizer Tony Estaguent choked up during the presentation before the vote.
“You can’t imagine what this means to us. To all of us. It’s so strong,” he said.
Later, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo stoodbyBach’ssideanddabbedaway tears as the vote was announced and the IOC president handed the traditional — but now unneeded — to she and L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti. One read “Paris 2024,” and the other “Los Angeles 2028.”
From left, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, IOC President Thomas Bach and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti react after the confirmation of the tripartite agreement which awards Paris and LA with the Olympic Games of 2024 and 2028 during the 131th IOC Session in Lima, Peru.