Los Angeles To Host 2028 Olympic Games


After scoring a deal with Olympic organizers, Lost Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics as reported on Monday by the Los Angeles Times, meaning that Paris is poised to host the Summer Olympics in 2024.

Spokeswoman Caolinn Mejza says the pact is expected to be reviewed by the council later this week.

The International Olympic Committee will officially announce the decision later Monday. Officials from both Paris and Los Angeles had stressed that their cities already have more than 90% of the facilities they need to host, reducing the additional cost.

"Therefore, we are very happy that as part of this host city contract, we are able to expand the impact of city youth sports programming and encourage the healthy lifestyle of Angelenos for the next 11 years". The incentive package aims in part to increase participation and access to youth sports programs in the City of Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games, according to an International Olympic Committee statement.

The IOC approved a rule change earlier this month allowing it to break with tradition and award two games at once.

The 2028 proposal is set to go before the Los Angeles City Council and United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors in August.

The decision will be finalized by September.

Discovery Communications President David Zaslav said the organisation is "thrilled" about the Olympic Games returning to Europe in Paris in 2024.

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The team's co-chair Tony Estangue said that we are now looking forward to the opportunity of working with Los Angeles, and contributing to successful Games both in 2024 and 2028.

While France's social media lit up with joy, 9,500 km away in Los Angeles, the city was alive with excitement in anticipation of hosting its third Olympic extravaganza, reports Xinhua news agency.

This is the first time the Summer Olympics will be held in the USA since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Paris and Los Angeles have both hosted the Olympics twice before; Paris in 1900 and 1924 and Los Angeles in 1932 and 1984.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office said an announcement regarding the city's bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games would be made at 5 p.m local time.

The deal was said to be worth €1.3 billion (£1.16 billion/$1.52 billion).

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