LA, Paris hail coronation
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.