2024 race — what you need to know

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to host the Games ex­actly 100 years af­ter last stag­ing the event in 1924. The French cap­i­tal lost out to Bei­jing and Lon­don in bids for the 2008 and 2012 Summer Games.

z THE vast scale of the Olympics has proved to be an ef­fec­tive de­ter­rent for cities hop­ing to stage the games. Five cities bid for the 2012 Games. Four cities bid for the 2016 Games and three cities bid for the 2020 Olympics. This year’s field was whit­tled down to two af­ter Ham­burg, Rome and Bu­dapest all with­drew af­ter lack of public sup­port for the bids.

z WITH Paris and Los An­ge­les both of­fer­ing rel­a­tively low risk bids that en­joy broad public sup­port, the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee are ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of award­ing both the 2024 and 2028 Olympics at the same time when they vote in Lima on Sept 13. The fly in the oint­ment is that nei­ther Paris nor Los An­ge­les has been will­ing to en­ter­tain the prospect of ac­cept­ing 2028 as a con­so­la­tion prize.

z THE com­mis­sion was cre­ated in 1999 in the wake of the cor­rup­tion scan­dals that en­gulfed the IOC dur­ing the era of Juan An­to­nio Sam­ranch. With in­di­vid­ual IOC vot­ers now barred from visiting bid cities, it is left to a 12-mem­ber panel chaired by Swiss bas­ket­ball of­fi­cial Patrick Bau­mann to in­spect the fine de­tail of the com­pet­ing bids be­fore re­port­ing back to the wider IOC mem­ber­ship.

z THE Eval­u­a­tion Com­mis­sion will pub­lish its re­port on its vis­its to Los An­ge­les and Paris in July. The bid­ders have the right to re­ply fol­low­ing pub­li­ca­tion of the re­port be­fore a fi­nal brief­ing for IOC mem­bers and in­ter­na­tional fed­er­a­tions on the can­di­date cities. Los An­ge­les and Paris will then take del­e­ga­tions to Peru to make a fi­nal pre­sen­ta­tion to IOC mem­bers be­fore the vote on Sept 13. AFP

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