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Paris, Los Angeles confirmed as Olympic hosts

(L-R) Paris 2024 Co-Chairman Tony Estanguet, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA2028 Chairman Casey Wasserman pose for pictures after delivering a press message during the 131st International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Lima on September 13, 2017.
The ICO meeting in Lima confirmed Paris and Los Angeles as hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics, crowning two cities at the same time in a historic first for the embattled sports body. / AFP PHOTO / CRIS BOURONCLE

IMA – Paris and Los Angeles celebrated their coronation as host cities for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics here Wednesday, delivering a jolt of good news for the International Olympic Committee as it battles escalating corruption allegations.

In a drama-free conclusion to a three-year bidding race, IOC members voted unanimously to rubber-stamp a deal hashed out in July for Paris to be given 2024 and Los Angeles 2028.

The pre-ordained outcome did not dampen the celebrations inside the Lima Convention Centre as the Paris and Los Angeles delegations cheered and congratulated each other.

IOC President Thomas Bach — a driving force behind the decision to award 2024 and 2028 at the same time — hailed the joint award as a “win-win-win.”

“It’s a magical, unique victory,” said jubilant Paris 2024 bid co-leader Tony Estanguet as French President Emmanuel Macron saluted a “victory for France.”

 

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