French Olympic del­e­ga­tion cel­e­brates 2024 Games vic­tory

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Paris Mayor Anne Hi­dalgo waved a flag Fri­day and her plane was sprayed by a cel­e­bra­tory wa­ter can­non as the French Olympic del­e­ga­tion was wel­comed back in Paris af­ter se­cur­ing the 2024 Olympic Games.

Hi­dalgo noted the se­ri­ous­ness of the un­der­tak­ing for Paris, which has been tar­geted by ex­trem­ist at­tacks. She said she trusts "our po­lice and se­cu­rity forces to help us make these games a cel­e­bra­tion."

The date, 2024, is sig­nif­i­cant date for Paris as it marks 100 years since the city last held an Olympics in 1924.

The vic­tory wasn't a sur­prise. Paris and Los Angeles had worked out a deal in ad­vance with the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee for Paris to get the 2024 Sum­mer Games and Los Angeles the 2028 games.

In a cer­e­mony Fri­day at the pres­i­den­tial palace in Paris, French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron said "these games must make France a true sports na­tion."

Macron's pre­de­ces­sors, Fran­cois Hol­lande and Ni­co­las Sarkozy, also at­tended the re­cep­tion, along with sev­eral dozen for­mer and cur­rent cham­pi­ons. All gath­ered in the pres­i­den­tial El­y­see Palace re­cep­tion hall in a joy­ful at­mos­phere.

"We have an enor­mous amount of work to do to be able to or­ga­nize and fully win, al­to­gether, these 2024 Games," Macron added.

Amer­i­can DeFrantz elected to 2nd term as IOC vice pres­i­dent

Amer­i­can Anita DeFrantz has won her sec­ond term as vice pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee.

DeFrantz, a bronze medal­ist in row­ing at the 1976 Olympics, also served as an IOC vice pres­i­dent from 1997-2001. She has spent 14 of the past 25 years on the IOC's ex­ec­u­tive board.

Robin Mitchell of Fiji, Ni­cole Ho­ev­ertsz of Aruba and De­nis Oswald of Switzer­land were also elected to the IOC ex­ec­u­tive board Fri­day in one of the few con­tested elec­tions at this week's meet­ings. There were six can­di­dates vy­ing for three spots.

On Wed­nes­day, the IOC awarded the 2024 Olympics to Paris and the 2028 Olympics to Los Angeles in votes that re­quired only a show of hands be­cause there was no op­po­si­tion for ei­ther.

Some Olympic lead­ers im­pa­tient with on­slaught of scan­dals

As soon as he got the job, the new ethics chair of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee re­ceived an ear­ful, as well.

For­mer UN sec­re­tary gen­eral Ban Ki-moon was elected to his new po­si­tion Thurs­day — handed the task of restor­ing cred­i­bil­ity to an or­ga­ni­za­tion that, ac­cord­ing to its own mem­bers, is get­ting "ham­mered" by an on­slaught of un­sa­vory scan­dals.

In his ac­cep­tance speech, Ban called his new task "a se­ri­ous re­spon­si­bil­ity." Af­ter he was done, and the floor was opened for ques­tions, IOC mem­bers took turns ac­cen­tu­at­ing the chal­lenge he faces.

This week's IOC ses­sion was high­lighted by the dual award of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics to Paris and Los Angeles. Shar­ing those head­lines have been al­most-daily de­vel­op­ments about Brazil­ian IOC mem­ber Car­los Nuz­man , who is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for his al­leged role in a $2 mil­lion vote-buy­ing scheme to bring the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.

Ear­lier this week, IOC pres­i­dent Thomas Bach said the com­mit­tee was await­ing word from Brazil­ian au­thor­i­ties be­fore de­ter­min­ing next steps.

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