IOC to dis­cuss dou­ble host de­ci­sion for 2024, 2028

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LAU­SANNE: Olympic chiefs will meet in Lau­sanne today to dis­cuss and likely rub­ber­stamp the process to award the 2024 and 2028 Games si­mul­ta­ne­ously. Mem­bers of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) will hold an ex­tra­or­di­nary ses­sion af­ter pre­sen­ta­tions by the cam­paign teams for Los An­ge­les and Paris, bat­tling for the right to suc­ceed 2020 hosts Tokyo and stage the Games in seven years’ time.

Last month IOC bosses backed a plan to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games to­gether, with the rec­om­men­da­tion ex­pected to be backed by a vote at their Swiss head­quar­ters today. Bach opened a ground-break­ing week for the Olympic move­ment on Sun­day by telling IOC top brass: “We’ll have some in­ter­est­ing days in Lau­sanne. Some very im­por­tant de­ci­sions will be taken. More de­ci­sions will be made in Lima.”

The Peru­vian cap­i­tal Lima hosts the 130th IOC Congress on Septem­ber 13 where the vote to de­cide the 2024 and likely 2028 hosts will be made. Both Paris, whose del­e­ga­tion is be­ing led by French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron, and Los An­ge­les will present their bids to the IOC today.

Last week the IOC Eval­u­a­tion Com­mis­sion re­port lav­ished praise on both bid­ding cities, stat­ing there was “very lit­tle to sep­a­rate” the two ri­vals. “Mem­bers of the Eval­u­a­tion Com­mis­sion have used the terms ‘for­ward-look­ing’, ‘in­no­va­tive’, ‘vi­brant’ and ‘cool’ to de­scribe the Los An­ge­les can­di­da­ture, and ‘his­tor­i­cal’, ‘cul­tural’, ‘iconic’ and ‘amaz­ing back­drops’ for that of Paris,” said Pa­trick Bau­mann, IOC mem­ber and chair of the 2024 Eval­u­a­tion Com­mis­sion.

“How­ever, what­ever the de­scrip­tion, it truly is a tale of two great Olympic cities. The two projects are dif­fer­ent in na­ture, but each city presents a pro­posal which is gen­uinely au­then­tic and re­flects the best of what each has to of­fer.”The IOC re­port noted that in line with the re­forms of Olympic Agenda 2020, both Los An­ge­les and Paris are plan­ning to use a record num­ber of ex­ist­ing and tem­po­rary venues, a first in Olympic his­tory and a move de­signed to cut costs and boost sus­tain­abil­ity.

Bach said the pro­posal to award the two Games had been “unan­i­mously” en­dorsed, adding the IOC had a “golden op­por­tu­nity” with two “great cities” com­pet­ing for 2024 and did not want to turn ei­ther away, par­tic­u­larly at a time when in­ter­est in host­ing Olympics has faded, with cities in­creas­ingly re­luc­tant to take on the vast ex­pense.

But a dou­ble award­ing would not be a first, the IOC hav­ing, in 1921, awarded the 1924 and 1928 Sum­mer Games to Paris and Am­s­ter­dam, as well as later promis­ing Los An­ge­les the 1932 Games.

Pierre de Cou­bertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, had pushed for the joint award­ing as the world, and Europe in par­tic­u­lar, strug­gled to re­bound af­ter the dev­ast­ing First World War. — AFP

LAU­SANNE: (From left to right) Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los An­ge­les, Allyson Felix, US Sprinter, In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, IOC, Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach from Germany, and Michael John­son, for­mer US Sprinter, pose on the 200m track dur­ing a visit of the Los An­ge­les 2024 Can­di­date City del­e­ga­tion, at the Olympic Mu­seum, in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land, yes­ter­day. — AP

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