LA, Paris square off for ’24 and ’28 Games
Paris, Los Angeles or other American cities — to really go into this process if one of us gets turned down,” Garcetti said earlier on Tuesday.
A deal to make both cities winners would fulfil a strategy that Bach set in motion last December to help safeguard a stable future for the signature Olympic event.
Asked when a 2024-2028 agreement could be sealed, Bach suggested: “If you ask me, I hope that in August we could be there.”
The I OC approved the expected double award after hearing both cities present their 2024 hosting plans at a conference center in its home city.
Both cities used 45 minutes of videos and speeches in a closed-door session with IOC members to explain how they would host the 2024 Olympics.
At separate media conferences, the two mayors said they could work toward a deal.
“We look forward to working together, not in competition but in collaboration with Paris,” Garcetti said.
Garcetti and Hidalgo have long touted their good relations, and on Tuesday noted their cities’ common positions on issues such as climate change and welcoming refugees.
Hidalgo cited her friendship with Garcetti as potentially a “key element” in the expected deal.
The dual award can give the IOC a decade of stability with two world-class cities touting financially secure bids.
LA plans to use only existing venues with zero risk of white elephants.
This follows years of overspending by Olympic hosts and a series of political defeats that have sunk the campaigns of potential candidates.
It also avoids inflicting a third recent defeat on Paris — which lost with bids for the 2008 and 2012 Games — and the United States.
Paris hosted the Olympics in 1900 and 1924, while LA had the Games of 1932 and 1984 .