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Paris and Los Angeles confirmed as Olympics hosts in 2024 and 2028

 

By Adam McKendry

Paris will host the 2024 Olympics and Los Angeles will stage the 2028 Games, the International Olympic Committee has confirmed. The decision marks the first time the IOC has granted two Summer Olympics at once.

It came after a year of dealmaking by IOC president Thomas Bach, who had only the two bidders left for the original prize of 2024 and could not bear to see either lose. Both cities will be hosting their third Olympics.

The Paris Games will come on the 100th anniversary of the city's last games - a milestone that would have made the French capital the sentimental favourite had only 2024 been up for grabs.

Los Angeles moved to 2028, halting a stretch of 32 years without a Summer Games in the United States. In exchange for the compromise, LA will grab an extra $300million (£227million) or more that could help offset the uncertainties that lie ahead over an 11-year wait instead of seven.

Doing away with the dramatic flair that has accompanied these events in years past, there were no secret ballots and no dramatic reveals at the end of the voting.

Mr Bach simply asked for a show of hands from the audience and, when dozens shot up from the audience and nobody raised their hand when he asked for objections, this was deemed a unanimous decision.

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