LA an­nounces 2028 Olympics plan, leaves Paris to host 2024

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Los An­ge­les has of­fi­cially de­clared its can­di­da­ture to host the 2028 Olympic Games, leav­ing Paris to stage the 2024 edi­tion.

In June, the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) voted to name hosts for suc­ces­sive Games - with just Paris and Los An­ge­les bid­ding - but it was un­clear which would host in which year.

Both had wanted to host the 2024 event.

The IOC wel­comed Los An­ge­les’ move, pledg­ing to con­trib­ute $1.8bn (£1.4bn) to the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee.

A source close to the ne­go­ti­a­tions told BBC Sport that for LA to have ac­cepted the 2028 Games there would have had to have been sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits that out­weighed the ben­e­fit of host­ing in 2024.

The funds will in­clude money to pay for the ex­tended plan­ning pe­riod and to sup­port youth sports pro­grammes lead­ing up to the Games.

Los An­ge­les bid com­mit­tee chair­man Casey Wasser­man ear­lier said “both cities now stand to­gether ready to serve the Olympic and Par­a­lympic move­ments”.

Mean­while, Los An­ge­les Mayor Eric Garcetti said “we’re bring­ing the games back” in 2028, adding that “this deal was too good to pass up”.

Los An­ge­les has staged the Olympics twice - in 1932 and 1984.

Paris Mayor Anne Hi­dalgo said: “Paris and Los An­ge­les are two amaz­ing global cities that are united in their sup­port of the Olympic cause and we stand to­gether now to help the Games thrive in 2024 and 2028.

“As to­day’s an­nounce­ment shows, di­a­logue be­tween the IOC and the two cities is pro­gress­ing well. We are con­fi­dent that a ‘win-win-win’ agree­ment can be fi­nalised ahead of the IOC session in Lima.”

The IOC wanted LA and Paris to reach an agree­ment be­fore the session in Septem­ber and had they not, a vote to se­lect the 2024 host would have been held.

IOC pres­i­dent Thomas Bach wel­comed LA’s de­ci­sion, de­scrib­ing the bid as “strong and en­thu­si­as­tic’.

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