Paris Gets 2024 Olympics, LA to Host 2028

The Economic Times - - Sports: The Great Games -

Paris is cel­e­brat­ing out­right vic­tory in its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games de­spite cau­tion­ary rhetoric from French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron and bid lead­ers fol­low­ing a his­toric deal with Los An­ge­les.

Macron hailed the “very im­por­tant step” on the road to host­ing the Games af­ter Los An­ge­les on Mon­day an­nounced its in­tent to or­gan­ise the 2028 Olympics.

The deal was de­scribed by In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Thomas Bach as a “win-win-win” agree­ment for both cities and the Olympic move­ment.

But de­spite the fact that Paris is now ef- fec­tively the only re­main­ing can­di­date to host the 2024 Games, Macron and other bid lead­ers shied away from overt tri­umphal­ism. “France notes the de­ci­sion of Los An­ge­les to put for­ward its can­di­da­ture for 2028 and to reach an agree­ment with the IOC and Paris,” a state­ment from Macron’s of­fice said.

Macron spoke to Bach fol­low­ing Los An­ge­les’ an­nounce­ment and was “de­lighted by this very im­por­tant step to­wards France ob­tain­ing the Games in 2024”.

Both Paris and Los An­ge­les had wanted to host the 2024 Sum­mer Olympics, with the win­ner to be of­fi­cially named by the IOC on Septem­ber 13 in the Peru­vian cap­i­tal Lima.

But the pos­si­bil­ity that Los An­ge­les would aban­don a 2024 bid and in­stead ac­cept the 2028 Games has been grow­ing since the IOC de­cided in July that it would at­tempt to award both Games at its Lima meet­ing.

The French cap­i­tal in­sisted it only wanted to host the Games in 2024, on the 100th an­niver­sary of the city’s 1924 Olympics, prompt­ing Los An­ge­les to soften its stance and con­sider host­ing the 2028 Games.

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