The contender to host the 2014 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games is now clear – It is the French capital Paris. This scenario comes to the fore after Los Angeles conceded that the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to its only rival.
According to report in insidethegames.biz, the announcement was issued just two days before a key meeting at Lausanne which the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board is set to approve proposals to award both the 2024 and 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games this year.
In a statement headlined “An Opportunity to Serve”, bid leader Casey Wasserman claimed that their bid has never been “only about LA or 2024”. It thus opened up publicly for the first time the prospect of them accepting the opportunity to stage the Olympic Games in 2028.
Wasserman further claimed they are more interested in how best they can serve the “long-term needs of the Olympic and Paralympic Games”. A decision is due to be made officially at the IOC Session in Lima on September 13.
Earlier , Paris had claimed that they would not be able to host the Olympics in 2028 because after that they will lose the land in Saint Denis where the proposed Athletes’ Village is due to be built.
It may be recalled that the prospects of Paris hosting the 2024 Olympic Games gained momentum or saw it chances brighten after the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti reportedly said they would consider accepting the 2028 rather than the 2024 edition in return for the IOC funding youth sports programmes in the city.
If everything falls in place , Paris is now expected to host the 2024 edition on the 100th anniversary of the last time it hosted sport’s number one event in 1924. It would make them the second city after London to host the Olympics three times having also staged it in 1900.
Further, If Los Angeles do go on to host the Games in 2028, then it would also be their third time. They previously staged them in 1932 and 1984.