LA mayor says opportunity for city to host the 2028 Games ‘too good to pass up’


Los Angeles is going to host the 2028 Olympics while Paris will be the venue of the 2024 Games.

Los Angeles had announced its intention to host the 2028 Games even if it earlier batted for hosting the 2024 Olympics, which the French capital was also bidding for.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had voted last month to award the 2024 and 2028 Olympics Games when it reconvenes in Lima, Peru in September but left it to Los Angeles and Paris to decide which one to host which year.

The IOC wanted Los Angeles and Paris to agree on which Games to host before the September meeting and if no agreement was reach, a vote to select the 2024 host would have been conducted.

Los Angeles bid committee chairman Casey Wasserman said both Los Angeles and Paris “now stand together ready to serve the Olympic and Paralympic movements” while Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “We’e bringing the Games back” in 2028 and that the deal was “too good to pass up.

With the decision, it will be the third time for Los Angeles to host the Olympics after serving as venue of the 1932 and 1984 Games.

LA City Council president Herb Wesson told BBC World Service: “Two years ago, no one thought we were even in the game, now here we are at the table. We believe that in going for 2028 we might get some additional perks that would benefit the city but I think the most important thing is that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”

BBC Sport quoted a source who had info on the negotiations for Los Angeles to host the 2028 Games instead of the 2024 edition as saying that for Los Angeles to have accepted the 2028 Games, there should be significant financial benefits that outweigh the benefit of hosting in 2024.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, for her part, said, “Paris and Los Angeles are two amazing global cities that are united in their support of the Olympic cause and we stand together now to help the Games thrive in 2024 and 2028.

“As today’s announcement shows, dialogue between the IOC and the two cities is progressing well. We are confident that a ‘win-win-win’ agreement can be finalised ahead of the IOC session in Lima,” she also said.

Meanwhile, IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed the decision of Los Angeles to host the 2028 Games.

“We are very confident that we can reach a tripartite agreement under the leadership of the IOC with LA and Paris in August, creating a win-win-win situation for all three partners. This agreement will be put forward to the IOC Session in Lima in September for ratification,” Bach said. GAC/Expat Media


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