Dual Olympic Bids Approved For Paris And Los Angeles

Although little drama appears to be left in the announcement, Los Angeles is expected to be officially named today host of the 2028 Summer Olympics today following a meeting of the International Olympic Committee in Lima, Peru.

While celebrating the decision, Paris and Los Angeles both expressed their excitement in bringing home the Olympic Games.

The U.S. lost a bid to host the 2012 Games in New York City and another to bring the Olympics to Chicago in 2016.

The IOC also said the double choices of L.A. and Paris are considered historic, and the last time two hosts were decided at once was in 1921, when Paris was chosen to host the 1924 games and Amsterdam was chosen for the 1928 games.

The Associated Press reports that Bach declared the vote unanimous after a "show of hands" count raised no objections.

Following the IOC's vote in July, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo celebrated the decision.

IOC Vice President John Coates who was key in drafting the tripartite arrangement said of the resuts "I think they must have seen the advantages, they see there will be no losers out of this, we know they're two outstanding bids and it was an outstanding opportunity so we presented that opportunity to them and they accepted, so I'm very pleased".

Both cities believe that due to infrastructure and venues that are already in place, they can avoid the rising costs of hosting the Olympics.

The Olympic body, however, was eager to secure the future of its prime product after Boston, Budapest, Rome and Hamburg all pulled the plug on their 2024 bids mid-race.

Los Angeles officials meanwhile insist they are more than satisfied with the outcome, rejecting suggestions that their failure to win the 2024 Games represented a defeat. Tokyo's budget for 2020 continues to balloon. The IOC announced its intention of awarding the 2024 and 2028 Games simultaneously, and both cities agreed, with L.A. willing to wait until 2028.

As part of the Paris presentation Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to the International Olympic Committee members via video link.

Casey Wasserman, chair of the bid, wearing sneakers with his suit, promised to deliver Games that will be "California cool". State lawmakers had made the pledge for 2024, but after the switch to '28 a new bill needed to be drafted.

Under the '24 plan, the city would have covered the first $250 million in cost overruns, the state the next $250 million and the city anything after that.

Tokyo struggled with preparations after being awarded the Games in 2013, having to scrap expensive plans for a new stadium, sharply reducing a ballooning budget previous year from more than $26 billion to $16.8 billion and dealing with a number of environmental issues.

The Coliseum and the new National Football League stadium in Inglewood are set to share duties for the opening and closing ceremonies, part of a "something old and something new" approach, as the Coliseum was the site of the ceremonies both in 1932 and 1984.

Paris also has a planned $1.44 billion Olympic Village that will be located near the River Seine.

  • Kyle Peterson