IOC earmarks Paris and LA to host 2024 and 2028 summer Olympics

Canoe Slalom at Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area | Rendering courtesy of LA 2024

By Julie Vincent | Sportscene

The International Olympic Committee has officially recommended that its members award both the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games when the organization votes in the fall, IOC president Thomas Bach said in Switzerland on Friday.

Paris and Los Angeles are the only bid cities remaining for the 2024 competition and it remains unclear which city would be selected to host first. The suggestion is it would be Paris, which would be celebrating its 100th anniversary of hosting the 1924 Summer Games.

A double vote would mark the first time hosting rights to consecutive Olympiads have been awarded. Both cities have hosted the Summer Games twice each.

Rowing and Canoe Sprint at Lake Perris | Rendering courtesy of LA 2024
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Bach called the double vote a “golden opportunity” for the IOC and it would seem as much given that the organization has struggled to attract interested cities given the cost and demands associated with being a host city. With Los Angeles and Paris almost assured to be on board, the IOC gets two host cities that have hosted before and pose little risk compared to for example Rio de Janeiro.

Los Angeles would be hosting for the third time, with each instance coming by default. No other city bid for the Games in 1932 or 1984. Somewhat ironically, the city turned a profit on both occasions, which is not always the case in the modern Olympic movement.

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