LA, Paris square off for ’24 and ’28 Games

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

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 .

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