International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has claimed no decision has yet been made on who will host the 2024 and 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti revealed they were considering a deal to host the later event.
Garcetti had claimed that both Los Angeles and its only rival Paris have been asked by the IOC to consider what offer it would take for them to accept hosting the 2028 edition of the Games.
He revealed that he would consider doing so in return for the IOC funding youth sports programmes in Los Angeles, says an insidethegames report.
“As we’ve talked to the Olympics they’ve asked us to think about – both Paris and us – what would it take for us to consider one of us going first and the other going second,” Garcetti said, according toSouth California Public Radio. “My dream is not so much just to bring the Olympics here, but is to bring youth sports for free to every zip code.”
Garcetti claimed that these funds must be distributed “right now”.
His comments appear very different to his repeated claims during last month’s IOC Evaluation Commission inspection visit that their campaign was focusing only on hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Bach, speaking during the World Table Tennis Championships, twice insisted when asked by insidethegames that he was “not aware” of Garcetti’s comments. “We will discuss this question, first of all, at the IOC Executive Board and then, if we come to the conclusion that a double application should be taken into consideration, then we will have discussion with the IOC members,” he told.
The IOC Executive Board are due to meet in Lausanne on Friday (June 9) after which the process for awarding two Olympic Games at once is expected to be announced.
Bach dismissed reports speculating that a deal for Paris to host 2024 was already in place. He insisted that, whatever they ultimately decide, the IOC membership will have a “vote” to make the final choice.