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Olympic Games: Paris & LA to host 2024 & 2028 respectively

Olympic Games: Paris & LA to host 2024 & 2028 respectively”

"The historic concept of the Olympic park can be applied to the whole city thanks to the proximity of the sites to each other", said Paris bid co-chairman and three-time Olympic slalom canoe champion Tony Estanguet during a visit by the IOC's assessment team in May.

The IOC voted to confirm the announcements but the host cities had been pretty much announced a few weeks back.

Icade said the Paris 2024 Olympics would allow it to step up its development of certain projects in the north of the French capital.

Los Angeles 2028 leaders were similarly ecstatic.

"This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States", said L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti.

U.S. track and field star Allyson Felix said she believed the 2028 Olympics would help inspire a new generation of athletes.

Added Naber: "I was here in '84 and I remember the long-term impact was the city came together".

It is the first time the IOC has awarded a Games 11 years in advance, as it traditionally gives the next Olympic host city seven years to prepare.

Los Angeles promised to deliver a low-priced model for the Olympic Games and would make LA 2028 one of the greenest Games in history.

Paris 2024 officials hugged and cheered following the vote, basking in victory after three previous failed bids to land the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

LA has also hosted the Games twice before, in 1932 and 1984, and its 2028 edition has the motto "Follow the Sun".

The spiralling cost of organising an Olympics was the main argument put forward by opponents of the French capital hosting the Games for the first time since 1924.

It will be the third time that Los Angeles hosts the Olympics, with the first two happening in 1932 and 1984.

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.

The IOC members at the 131st IOC Session unanimously approved a so-called tripartite agreement between the cities and the IOC by a show of hands to settle the double awarding, instead of voting for a city in a secret ballot as in the past.

"I am greatly excited at what Paris 2024 and LA 2028 can do in terms of growing the Paralympic Movement and would like to send my heartfelt congratulations to both cities", said Parsons.

The IOC was left tackling a fresh wave of graft allegations last week when investigators in Brazil swooped on the country's Olympics chief Carlos Nuzman.

The allegations swirling around Rio's bid revived memories of the Salt Lake City bribery scandal, which led to 20 International Olympic Committee members being either kicked out of the Olympics' ruling body or pleading guilty to accepting bribes for votes.

International Olympic Committee official Dick Pound, who has been critical of Bach's handling of recent corruption and doping scandals, believes the movement can however have reason to celebrate after Wednesday's joint award.

"It's a special day", said Sebastian, an engineer living in Paris.



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