Dual Olympic Bids Approved For Paris And Los Angeles

Dual Olympic Bids Approved For Paris And Los Angeles

Both cities will make history as they join London as three-time hosts of the Summer Games.

Today's vote took place during a tumultuous session for the International Olympic Committee, which is facing separate bid scandals involving 2016 Rio de Janeiro and 2020 Tokyo.

Los Angeles officials meanwhile insist they are more than satisfied with the outcome, rejecting suggestions that their failure to win the 2024 Games represented a defeat.

Paris and Los Angeles emerged from the initial bidding race for the 2024 Games after a number of cities which withdrew citing waning public support and concerns over budget.

Neither L.A. nor Paris has been implicated in any wrongdoing, so the host-city selection proceeded smoothly with the candidates giving brief presentations before the ratifying vote. The commission visited both cities in May, finding both to be low-risk and high-reward propositions for the cities and the IOC. Paris will host on the 100th anniversary of its previous Games. "At such a time, the IOC will take advantage of the stability for the next 11 years", was commended in the preamble the president of the global Committee Thomas Bach.

Paris: President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday hailed the decision to award the 2024 Olympics to Paris as a "victory for France".

Paris will host the 2024 Games while Los Angeles takes 2028. It's the first time the International Olympic Committee has awarded two bids at once.

The U.S. lost a bid to host the 2012 Games in New York City and another to bring the Olympics to Chicago in 2016. The city plans to use the Coliseum in 2028, meaning it will have been part of three Olympics. "LA is a city where the Games are not a barrier to making progress; we know that they are an accelerating force to re-envisioning a better city and a better world in the days ahead as we welcome you back to the City of Angels".

As many as six cities were involved as bidders.

"This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a USOC release.

LA 2028, the renamed committee leading the city's bid, had proposed a balanced budget of $5.3 billion for '24 by utilizing existing venues and not building any new permanent structures just for the Games.

During Paris' presentation, French IOC member Guy Drut spoke of "passing the torch" to Bid Co-Chair Tony Estanguet, hinting that he may go on to lead the future organizing committee.