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Paris, LA to host Olympics after shock double vote

Paris and Los Angeles have been chosen to host the 2024 and 2028 summer Olympic Games.
Paris and Los Angeles have been chosen to host the 2024 and 2028 summer Olympic Games. Photo: Getty
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Paris has been awarded the 2024 summer Olympics and Los Angeles the 2028 Games as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) broke with decades of tradition to vote on a unique double location.

Paris, which has hosted two previous Olympics, will stage the event 100 years after its last Games in 1924 while Los Angeles will also organise its third Games after 1932 and 1984.

IOC President Thomas Bach embraced both cities’ mayors on stage after a unanimous show of hands by IOC members ratified the awards.

The announcement was celebrated in Paris with the unveiling of a giant set of interlaced rings, the symbol of the Games, in a heavy downpour on the Trocadero square with lights glittering on the Eiffel Tower in the background.

“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.

“Together we must do everything in our power to ensure that Paris hosts a magnificent games in 2024.”

Former US Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin (R) checks her cellphone at the Los Angeles Coliseum on September 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, as the city was officially named as host of the 2028 Summer Olympics by a unanimous vote of the International Olympic Committee in Lima, Peru
Former US Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin (R) checks her phone at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Wednesday as the city was named host of the 2028 Olympics. Photo: Getty

The IOC decided in July to award both Games at the same time, following the withdrawal of four of the six cities bidding for the 2024 Olympics, amid concerns about the size, cost and complexity of organising the world’s biggest multi-sports event.

Los Angeles then dropped its bid for the 2024 Olympics, for which it had been campaigning for over two years, in return for receiving the 2028 edition. This paved the way for Paris as the sole 2024 bidder to win the Games unopposed.

“This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States,” said LA mayor Eric Garcetti. “For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels.”

Paris, with a Games budget of 6.8 billion euros ($10b), had failed with previous attempts to land the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

The LA Games have a budget of $5.3 billion (A$6.3b) and will essentially follow the plan they had in place for 2024, including housing athletes at the UCLA campus.

It is the first time the IOC has awarded a Games 11 years in advance, as it traditionally gives the next Olympic host city seven years to prepare.

The Olympic body, however, was eager to secure the future of its prime product after Boston, Budapest, Rome and Hamburg all pulled the plug on their 2024 bids mid-race.

Bach said the unanimous IOC decision would secure the future of the Games and ensure successful Olympics.

“It is hard to imagine something better. Ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for the athletes of the world for the next 11 years is something extraordinary,” he said.