LA, Paris hail coro­na­tion

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

LIMA. - Paris and Los An­ge­les cel­e­brated their coro­na­tion as host cities for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics here on Wed­nes­day, de­liv­er­ing a jolt of good news for the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee as it bat­tles es­ca­lat­ing cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions.

In a drama-free con­clu­sion to a three-year bid­ding race, IOC mem­bers voted unan­i­mously to rub­ber-stamp a deal hashed out in July for Paris to be given 2024 and Los An­ge­les 2028.

The pre- or­dained out­come did lit­tle to dampen cel­e­bra­tions in­side the Lima Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, where Paris and Los An­ge­les of­fi­cials cheered and con­grat­u­lated each other.

IOC President Thomas Bach - a driv­ing force be­hind the de­ci­sion to con­firm 2024 and 2028 at the same time - hailed the joint award as a “win-win-win.”

“It’s a mag­i­cal, unique vic­tory,” said ju­bi­lant Paris 2024 bid co-leader Tony Es­tanguet as French President Em­manuel Macron saluted a “vic­tory for France.”

Los An­ge­les 2028 lead­ers were equally ec­static. - AFP.

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