Paris to host 2024 Olympics, 100 years since its last Games
Sep 15, 2017, 00:20
IOC President Thomas Bach embraced both cities' mayors on stage after a unanimous show of hands by IOC members ratified the awards.
"In the coming seven years we will prepare the Olympic Games with all our energy", French President Emmanuel Macron, who had personally campaigned for the bid, said.
Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti attends the press conference after the voting during the International Olympic Committee (IOC) extraordinary session in Lausanne, Switzerland July 11, 2017. The event had no surprising moments as the two cities knew that they would be hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics.
For Paris, however, the wait has been considerably longer.
It will also mark the third time that Los Angeles has hosted the Olympics following successful editions in 1932 and 1984.
Paris was awarded the 2024 Olympics and Los Angeles the 2028 Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday, the first double allocation in nearly one century in reaction to several cities withdrawing their bids. The United States has been trying to bring the Summer Games back to the country for the first time in more than two decades.
The two bids had presentations at an IOC Session in Lima, Peru, before the cities were confirmed as hosts.
Both cities will host their third Olympics.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is promising "cost efficient and sustainable games" when the French capital hosts the Olympics in 2024.
The Paris Games will come on the 100th anniversary of its last turn.
The leader of the International Olympic Committee evaluation commission has told International Olympic Committee members he recommends Los Angeles for hosting the 2028 Olympics.
That reality hit hard when three of the original five bidders for 2024 - Rome, Hamburg, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary - dropped out, and the U.S. Olympic Committee had to pull the plug on its initial candidate, Boston, due to lack of public support.
The two cities are getting the hosting rights without the usual dramatic vote. However, when Boston dropped out due to cost concerns, the USOC made a decision to put forth Los Angeles as the United States' prime option in 2015.
"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.
Both the 2014 winter Games in Russia's Sochi and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics were mired in controversy over corruption, embezzlement and doping allegations, dealing a major blow to the reputations of the event and the IOC.
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