Los An­ge­les of­fi­cially awarded 2028 Olympics

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Los An­ge­les’ ef­forts to host the Olympics for a third time were re­warded Wed­nes­day when the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) fi­nally an­nounced the city will host the 2028 Sum­mer Games while Paris will be the venue in 2024.

IOC mem­bers voted their ap­proval with a show of hands at a ses­sion in Lima, Peru, end­ing an un­usual bid com­pe­ti­tion that re­sulted in two win­ners, said the Los An­ge­les Times.

Paris, which has hosted two pre­vi­ous Olympics, will stage the event 100 years af­ter its last Games in 1924 while Los An­ge­les will also or­ga­nize its third Games af­ter 1932 and 1984, said Reuters.

“This is a win-win-win sit­u­a­tion for Paris, Los An­ge­les and the en­tire Olympic Move­ment,” said IOC Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach. The IOC an­nounced two host cities at the same event, with Bach call­ing it a “golden op­por­tu­nity” to award two Games, CNN re­ported.

“Like any­thing worth fight­ing for, this was a long jour­ney,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said, the LA Times re­ported. “Lit­tle by lit­tle, we got a vic­tory.

Bach and Garcetti sat at a long ta­ble where the mayor signed the “host city con­tract,” obli­gat­ing LA to serve as a fi­nan­cial back­stop, paying off any debts should the es­ti­mated $5.3-bil­lion sport­ing event run over bud­get, said the LA Times.

The pri­vate LA 2028 bid com­mit­tee has vowed to con­trol costs by us­ing ex­ist­ing venues such as the Coli­seum and Sta­ples Cen­ter, as well as the Rams’ sta­dium cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion, the LA Times re­ported.

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