IOC awards Olympic Games 2024 to Paris, 2028 to LA

Erica Roy
September 15, 2017

Macron said after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vote in Lima that rubber-stamped the historic double award of the 2024 Games to Paris and the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles that "the whole country must get behind" the event. Both cities will host their third Olympics. Paris promises to deliver on its charm the games will show romantic backdrops of the Eiffel Tower and swimming in the Seine.

The 2024 Games will mark the third time Paris has staged the Olympics, coming exactly 100 years after they last hosted the Games.

"This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States", said LA mayor Eric Garcetti. Los Angeles proposed a $5.3 billion budget for 2024 (to be adjusted for 2028) that included infrastructure, operational costs - everything.

Both Paris's bid co-chair Tony Estanguet and LA bid chairman Casey Wasserman are to stay on and lead the host cities' preparations, mayors Anne Hidalgo and Garcetti confirmed in a news conference after the announcement. With fewer cities vying to host the games as costs connected to the biannual event surge, the International Olympic Committee said at the time it would award the 2028 games simultaneously.

The Olympic body, however, was eager to secure the future of its prime product after Boston, Budapest, Rome and Hamburg all pulled the plug on their 2024 bids mid-race.

"It is hard to imagine something better".

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Both cities are making extensive use of existing and temporary venues and have huge public support, and are planning with budgets of well under 10 billion dollars - modest, especially compared to the estimated 50 billion dollars Russian Federation spent on the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.

"I think it's a very positive message about the value of the Olympic movement and the value of the Olympic Games", said Sergei Bubka, the Olympic champion pole vaulter, who is an honorary member of the IOC.

Tokyo, the host of the next summer Games in 2020, has also had to fend off allegations of corruption regarding the decision to award it the Games four years ago.

LA has also hosted the Games twice before, in 1932 and 1984, and its 2028 edition has the motto "Follow the Sun". Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important. "But I guess we have to share it and say, 'Have you done A, B, C, and D?'"

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