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LA will bid for the 2028 Games — so the 2024 Olympics will be in Paris

WASHINGTON/LONDON — Los Angeles will bid for the 2028 Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Monday, opening the door for Paris to get the 2024 Games.

The IOC decided on July 11 to award the two Summer Games in a single decision on Sept. 13 at its session in Lima, pending a tripartite agreement between the IOC and the two cities who were originally both bidding for 2024.

The agreement is set to be finalized in August, and LA's 2028 bid also requires final approval from the city council and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

The IOC said that the 2028 host city contract will include US$1.8 billion in IOC funding for LA. An IOC evaluation commission will also reassess LA's bid.

The announcement confirmed expectations that Paris would host in 2024, with Los Angeles to follow, if concessions were made.

Paris previously hosted the Games in 1900 and 1924, while Los Angeles was the Olympic venue in 1932 and 1984.

"The IOC welcomes this decision of the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Candidature Committee, and we are pleased to release the Host City contract 2028 in a transparent and timely manner," IOC President Thomas Bach said.

"We are very happy that, as part of this Host City Contract, we are able to increase the access of the city's youth to sport, and encourage the healthy lifestyle of Angelenos for the next 11 years.

"We are very confident that we can reach a tripartite agreement under the leadership of the IOC with LA and Paris in August, creating a win-win-win situation for all three partners. This agreement will be put forward to the IOC Session in Lima in September for ratification."

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti had mentioned funding of youth sports in the past which suggested that the Californians could be ready to leave 2024 for Paris and be content with 2028.

LA and Paris were declared strong candidates in a recent report by the 2024 evaluation commission, and Bach has highlighted that both were planning on using a record number of existing and temporary facilities in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms.

"This is an historic day for Los Angeles, for the United States and for the Olympic and Paralympic Movements around the world," Garcetti said in a USOC statement.

"Today, we take a major step toward bringing the Games back to our city for the first time in a generation and begin a new chapter in Los Angeles' timeless Olympic story."

"This agreement with the IOC will allow us to seed a legacy of hope and opportunity that will lift up every community in Los Angeles– not in 11 years' time, but starting now and continuing in the years leading up to the Games."

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter she expects a positive outcome of the talks and three winners, the IOC and the two cities.

"We want to propose to the IOC members the most ambitious project possible for the future of Olympism. I am very optimistic that we will do our utmost to ensure that the vote in Lima on 13 September is a historic moment," Hidalgo said.

The three-party agreement will likely also determine whether the two cities will still need to make big and costly formal presentations in Lima, or whether these are no longer required.

Both cities made presentations to IOC members on July 11, with French President Emmanuel Macron present to lobby on behalf of Paris.

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