Macron offers congratulations to Paris for 2024

Kelly Massey
September 15, 2017

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. In July, the L.A. Olympic bid committee had agreed to wait to host the games until 2028, which made Paris the only option for 2024. And the International Olympic Committee for transforming an unruly bidding process to lock down its future by choosing not one, but two Summer Olympics hosts at the same time.

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.

It was solved by Paris and Los Angeles, two cities with a storied tradition of Olympic hosting and an apparent understanding of Bach's much-touted reform package, known as Agenda 2020. After LA declared its candidacy for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games on July 31, the IOC Evaluation Commission compiled a supplementary analysis following further consultations with LA 2028 bid leaders and subject matter experts, and further written submissions.

The two bids had presentations at an IOC Session in Lima, Peru, before the cities were confirmed as hosts.

This time, no unpleasant surprises for Los Angeles and Paris.

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"Usually you have two or three cities crying in the corner at this point being asked how they feel to have lost". Saint-Denis will host the Olympic Village and other venues in 2024. The IOC chose to award two games at the same time, and LA later abandoned its bid for 2024 during negotiations with the IOC and Paris. It seeks to streamline the Games, most notably by eliminating billion-dollar stadiums and infrastructure projects that have been underused, if used at all, once the Olympics leave town.

Parisians celebrate winning the 2024 Olympics bid.

Bach said the unanimous International Olympic Committee decision would secure the future of the Games and ensure successful Olympics. Those with long memories recall free-flowing highways the last time the Olympics came to town, as locals either left the city or heeded warnings to use public transportation or stay home.

The smooth finish to the race also eliminates the risk of the vote being tainted by the sort of scandal that has embroiled the ballot for the 2016 Olympics.

"Few governments want to risk the billions in cost overruns that have become synonymous with recent Olympics".

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