International Olympic Committee has cleared Paris and Los Angeles as hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Games. However, who gets to host which edition will take some time to decide.
Both the cities want to host in 2024. They need to decide between themselves who hosts which edition.
The International Olympic Committee has agreed to award the 2024 and 2028 Games, finalizing the hosts for the 33rd and 34th editions of the quadrennial Games. Paris and Los Angeles are set to be the hosts. Reports suggest Paris is tipped to get the 2024 Games, while the U.S. city may need to wait another four years.
The IOC made the announcement at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“Ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for 11 years is something extraordinary,” IOC President Thomas Bach said at the press conference. “That is why we say this is a great day for the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement, and it’s a great day also for these two wonderful cities, these two great Olympic cities.”
Paris and Los Angeles were the only two bidders left for the 2024 Olympics. IOC president Thomas Bach had termed the situation “a golden opportunity”. With the rapidly increasing costs, the Olympics movement is facing trouble to attract prospective bidders to host the Games.
Paris and Los Angeles mounted progressive, exemplary bids that would trim expenses by using existing facilities, the IOC said, making clear that it did not want to reject either candidate. Bach lobbied for a double hosting plan, which won unanimous approval from IOC members at a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Tuesday.
The IOC boss has called the decision ‘historic’. “Ensuring stability of the Olympics for 11 years is really something extraordinary,” he told reporters shortly after the plan was approved.
Immediately after the deal was approved, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his Parisian counterpart Anne Hidalgo appeared on stage arm-in-arm to thank the IOC members, leaving little doubt that a three-way pact was achievable.
Speaking later alongside Bach, Garcetti and Hidalgo voiced full confidence in the upcoming talks. “I now know that I am sitting up here with two mayors, from two cities that will host after Tokyo the next two Olympics,” Garcetti said, referring to the 2020 Games in Japan.
Hidalgo assured that ‘the Games will return to Paris’
The IOC now has a two-month window to negotiate with Paris and Los Angeles over which city will go first. Bach said he wants a “tripartite agreement” before the IOC’s main annual meeting in Peru’s capital Lima on 13 September, when a vote on the 2024 host had been scheduled.