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Paris and Los Angeles awarded the 2024 and 2028 Olympics
LIMA — 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 not dampen the celebrations inside the Lima Convention Center as the Paris and Los Angeles delegations cheered and congratulated each other.
IOC president Thomas Bach — a driving force behind the decision to award 2024 and 2028 at the same time — hailed the joint award as a “winwin-win”.
“It’s a magical, unique victory,” said Paris bid co-leader Tony Estanguet as French President Emmanuel Macron saluted a “victory for France”.
Leaders of the Los Angeles delegation were similarly ecstatic.
“This was the right answer, it was about fraternity, it was about friendship, it was about finding a win-win,” LA mayor Eric Garcetti said.
Bach said the Olympic movement had secured “the result we were looking for”.
“I couldn’t be more happy than I am right now,” added the IOC chief. “We have the two best possible cities for the Olympics in 2024 and 2028, in two great Olympic countries.”
The vote marked the final act of a campaign that had been stripped of the usual intrigue ever since Paris and Los Angeles laid the groundwork to carve up 2024 and 2028 following encouragement from the IOC.
Third time lucky
The 2024 Games will mark the third time Paris has staged the Olympics, coming exactly 100 years after it last hosted the Games.
“It’s a great feeling of happiness to be bringing the Games back to Paris after 100 years,” Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said.
Giant Olympic rings were unveiled in front of the Eiffel Tower just after the announcement was made as a small crowd braved a rainstorm in the French capital to celebrate.
The 2028 Olympics will be the first held in the US since the chaotic 1996 Games in Atlanta.
It will also mark the third time that Los Angeles has hosted the Olympics, following successful editions in 1932 and 1984.
Paris and Los Angeles emerged from the initial bidding race for the 2024 Games after a number of cities withdrew citing waning public support and concerns over budget.
Hamburg, Rome, Budapest and Boston all fell by the wayside during the competition, reflecting the political difficulties in persuading voters that staging the Olympics is worth the multi-billion-dollar price tag.
Bach first hinted that the double-award of an Olympics could be on the agenda in December last year, lamenting that the bidding process produced “too many losers”.
As the tussle for 2024 unfolded, and as the field thinned to leave just Los Angeles and Paris, the IOC’s determination to secure two high-quality bids for the next two Summer Games became apparent.
In July, the IOC announced it would award the staging rights for 2024 and 2028 at the same meeting in Lima, laying the way for a swift agreement over the running order.
“We cracked the code when the IOC changed the formula,” Los Angeles mayor Garcetti said.
“We’ve talked to a lot of folks who said it used to be about one corner of the room celebrating and the rest crying.
A photo taken with a lens covered with rain drops shows the reflection of the Olympic rings on Place du Trocadero, overlooking the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Wednesday. The French capital will host the 2024 Summer Games.