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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) met in Lima, Peru on Wednesday where they simultaneously announced that Paris will host the 2024, while the 2028 Games will go to Los Angeles.
The two cities are getting the hosting rights without the usual dramatic vote. The IOC decided to award two games at the same time in a history-making vote, putting the rubber stamp on the pre-determined conclusion.
The decision marks the first time the IOC has granted two Summer Olympics at once. It came after a year’s worth of scrambling by IOC president Thomas Bach, who had only the two bidders left for the original prize, 2024, and couldn’t bear to see either lose.
"These are two great cities from two great countries with a great Olympic history. Both cities are very enthusiastic about the Games and are promoting the Olympic spirit in a fantastic way," Bach said in a press release
In the same release, the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo said “I am very proud and moved to bring the Games back to Paris. At the heart of these Games, we will place young people, who represent our present, our hope and our pride.”
Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti said, “Bringing the Olympics back home to LA gives us the chance to imagine what our city will look like a decade from now. LA is a city where the Games are not a barrier to making progress; we know that they are an accelerating force to re-envisioning a better city and a better world in the days ahead as we welcome you back to the City of Angels.”
Paris last hosted the games in 1924. It bid unsuccessfully for the games of 1992, 2008 and 2012.
LA hosted the 1984 Games. The last American city to bid for the Summer Games was Chicago, losing the 2016 Olympic vote to Rio de Janeiro.