Los Angeles has reached an agreement with leaders of the International Olympic Committee that will allow the city host the 2028 Olympics, while ceding the 2024 edition to rival city, Paris.
With this deal, Los Angeles is set to host the Olympics for the third time, after initially hosting the competition twice, in 1932 and 1984 respectively.
Speaking on the new development, city Major, Eric Garcetti said; “I am proud to announce that the Olympic Games are coming back to the United States of America,” during the news conference at the StubHub Center sports complex.
The deal comes after a vote by the International Olympic Committee to seek an unusual deal to award the 2024 and 2028 Games simultaneously, early last month. Paris is the only city left to host the 2024 Games.
If approved, Los Angeles, the IOC and Paris could enter a three-part agreement, paving way for the IOC to formally award 2024 Games to Paris, and the 2028 Games to LA, with the IOC vote fixed for September, in Lima, Peru.
The Los Angeles announcement was also welcomed in Paris; “Paris 2024 is proud to be working together with the IOC and our friends in Los Angeles to reach a positive solution for both cities, the Games and the whole Olympic Movement for 2024 and 2028,” committee co-chair Tony Estanguet said.
Both cities were the only ones in the race for the 2024 Games after other contenders withdrew, with Paris favoured to win its bid before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that Los Angeles had officially accepted to host the 2028 games.