Paris and LA will host the 2024 and 2028 Olympics, but there’s a catch


The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday decided to award the 2024 and 2028 Games in one vote at its September session, with Los Angeles and Paris the candidates.

The 83 IOC members eligible to vote at an extraordinary IOC Session unanimously approved a proposal from the executive board on the double allocation after both candidates had earlier appeared before the Olympians to present their 2024 bids.

The host city election is to take place on September 13 at the IOC Session in Lima, Peru.

A commission of IOC and the two cities is to be formed and one city to declare a new candidature for 2028, with the IOC members to vote on a tripartite agreement in Lima and not an individual city.

If none of the two wants 2028, the IOC would elect the 2024 host only.

“Thank you,” said the cities’ mayors, Anne Hidalgo from Paris and Eric Garcetti of LA, as they took to the stage hand in hand and embraced IOC president Thomas Bach, who had brought up the idea of the double allocation late last year.

Bach said at a joint news conference: “We will have dinner tonight and maybe we will talk over dinner,” and added on a more serious note: “In August we could be there if all goes well.”

“Today this is a great day for the Olympic Games, the Olympic Movement and these wonderful Olympic cities.

“We have created the foundation on which we can can then build the win-win-win situation we are all longing for to finally make it happen in Lima.”

LA and Paris were declared strong candidates in a recent report by an IOC evaluation committee, and Bach highlighted at the start of the session that both were planning on using a record number of existing and temporary facilities in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms.

Tuesday’s vote should secure each with a third hosting of the Games, with previous editions in Paris being in 1900 and 1924; and LA hosting in 1932 and 1984.

Paris and LA said they were firmly after 2024 but it appears that Paris could get that event to have the Olympics return after 100 years; and LA settle for 2028 under certain conditions.

Both camps remained vague after the vote and referred to the work of the tripartite commission. In addition, a new evaluation committee will be formed to look into the cities’ ability to host 2028 Games, mainly looking at risks compared to 2024.

“We will seek an agreement between two great cities and a great movement,” Garcetti said. “We take nothing for granted … The move from competition to cooperation allows us to see citizens of two great cities work for the Olympic ideals.”

He also said the “validation is a milestone for sports in the United States,” with Atlanta the last summer host in 1996.

Like Garcetti, Hidalgo spoke of a “historic” decision, and of “three winners, the IOC and the two cities.” She said Paris and France stand for “Olympism and Olympic values.

The teams led Tuesday by French president Emmanuel Macron and Garcetti had earlier outlined their plans in 45-minute presentations and took questions from IOC members and summer Olympic sports federations.

Bach named the presentations “mind-blowing” and “Olympism at its best.”

Macron said after Paris’ presentation: “France is ready and waiting for them. We lost three times in the race for the Games, we do not want to lose a fourth time.”

U.S. President Donald Trump, not present on the day, also chimed in, via Twitter, saying: “Working hard to get the Olympics for the United States (L.A.). Stay tuned!”