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LOS AN­GE­LES

THE race for the right to stage the 2024 Olympics heads into the home straight this week as a team of In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee del­e­gates ar­rive in Los An­ge­les to in­spect the city’s bid for the Games.

With just four months to go un­til the crunch vote in Lima that will de­cide the vic­tors of the bid­ding war, the IOC Eval­u­a­tion Com­mis­sion will spend three days run­ning the rule over Los An­ge­les be­fore head­ing to ri­val Paris next week.

The fi­nal months of cam­paign­ing have been dom­i­nated by in­trigue over the pos­si­bil­ity that the IOC may seek to award both the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games when it votes in the Peru­vian cap­i­tal on Sept 13.

The IOC have set up a work­ing group to study that pos­si­bil­ity, widely seen as a move to lock in what are viewed as two high-qual­ity, low-risk bids at a time when fewer and cities are will­ing to take on the vast cost of stag­ing the games.

Pub­licly, how­ever, nei­ther Los An­ge­les nor Paris bid of­fi­cials have been will­ing to en­ter­tain the pos­si­bil­ity of ac­cept­ing 2028 host­ing rights as a con­so­la­tion prize for miss­ing out on 2024.

Paris co-chair­man Tony Es­tanguet said in March it was “now or never” for 2024 and that the French cap­i­tal would “not come back for 2028.”

Los An­ge­les coun­ter­part Casey Wasserman stopped short of is­su­ing

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