Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Los Angeles officially chosen as 2028 host city

Los Angeles officially chosen as 2028 host city

Lima, Sep 13 The International Olympic Committee named Paris and Los Angeles as hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics today, crowning two cities at the same time in a historic first for the embattled sports body. The last US city to host the summer Olympics was Atlanta in 1996.

Los Angeles and the USOC jointly launched the LA bid on September 1, 2015, and shifted the candidature from 2024 to 2028 on July 31, 2017, after coming to terms with the IOC.

In unusual circumstances, the International Olympic Committee announced two host cities at the same event, with Bach calling it a "golden opportunity" to award two Games simultaneously.

"Most of the citizens of Los Angeles are excited about the Games and excited to bring the Games back to Los Angeles".

Paris, with a total Games budget of 6.8 billion euros ($8.09 billion), had failed with previous attempts to land the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

IOC Members voted unanimously to elect two cities
IOC Members voted unanimously to elect two cities The LA 2028 team signing the Host City Contract

"I think the closer we get to the Games, when 2020 [in Tokyo] arrives I think that'll be an exciting time for everyone, getting into the Olympic spirit, supporting the USA team but also knowing the Games are coming here in eight years time".

The Los Angeles planning committee estimates that the games will cost $5.3 billion.

The presence of French President Emmanuel Macron, who also spoke on Wednesday in a video message, at the IOC's extraordinary session in July in Lausanne was seen as crucial in sealing the deal for the French capital for 2024.

The bid has been overwhelmingly supported in the city of Los Angeles, the state of California and throughout the entire United States. The Olympic Games are intimately woven into the history of this ever-evolving city - it is part of what defines us. "These Games will build on the legacy that began in 1932 and was cemented in 1984, and will touch the lives of Angelenos and Americans for decades to come".

Mayor Eric Garcetti argued in July that the longer wait would be worth it for Los Angeles.

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