IOC Announces Paris and Los Angeles Hosts for 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has voted anonymously for Paris and Los Angeles (LA) to host the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games. It was not confirmed though which city would be hosting the games in which year. Another conference will be held in Lima on 13 September in order to come to an agreement. However, it is likely that Paris will be hosting the 2024 Olympics, exactly 100 years after hosting its last Olympics in 1924, while Los Angeles shall be hosting its third Olympics in 2028.
The rare decision to announce the winning cities for two successive Olympic Games simultaneously was induced by the outstanding bids presented by both city and the committee’s desire to have the Games hosted by democratic nations. Both cities proposed using already existing infrastructure, and not building from scratch. The idea was much welcomed, especially after the Athens and Rio Olympic venues were revealed to be abandoned and in a bad shape, after the Games had ended in both cities.
“LA is ready to throw these Olympics in two months, if we were asked, or two decades if it came to that,” said Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles. “LA is ready because the infrastructure, the love and the vision to make sure it’s something that serves this movement and serves the people of our city.”