Bringing an end to months of politicking over the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics, the City of Los Angeles has reached an agreement with Paris and the International Olympic Committee to host the ’28 games, according to the Los Angeles Times. Paris will host he 2024 games.
The IOC has not responded to a request for comment from TheWrap.
Both Paris and Los Angeles were determined to host the 2024 Olympics. But in an unusual move, the IOC decided to guarantee each city an Olympics, with the city that didn’t win the 2024 bid to be given 2028, as long the two cities reached an agreement before September 13, during the 131st IOC Session in Lima, Peru. The IOC will formally announce the host cities for 2024 and 2028 on that day.
Awarding two separate summer games at the same time gives the International Olympic Committee a potential decade-long respite from what has become an increasingly headache-prone process, with increased scrutiny — and criticism — of both the costs of hosting the Olympics, and behavior by IOC officials, dogging the selection of host cities. Notably, in 2014 Norway withdrew its bid to host the 2022 Winter games in part because of outrageous demands the IOC made. Among them a party for IOC officials paid for by Norway’s Royal Family, the requirement that IOC officials be greeted with smiles whenever returning to their hotels, and a full bar for IOC officials during the games, paid for by Norway.
This will be Los Angeles’ third olympic games after 1984 and 1932, and the first U.S. Summer Games since Atlanta in 1996. The Winter Games in 2002 were held in Salt Lake City.