Los Angeles has agreed to host the 2028 Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee announced Monday afternoon.
Los Angeles, which last hosted the Olympics in 1984, had originally sought to hold the 2024 Games. When several cities backed out of potential Olympic bids, however, the IOC decided to break precedent and award the 2024 and 2028 Olympics at the same time. Los Angeles’ agreement to host the 2028 Summer Games means Paris, the only other city to bid, will host the competition in 2024.
The news was originally broken by the Los Angeles Times, which cited a source close to the city’s negotiations with the IOC.
“This is an historic day for Los Angeles, for the United States and for the Olympic and Paralympic Movements around the world,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in a statement released by LA 2024, the private organizers behind the city’s Olympic bid. “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.”
The United States last hosted the Summer Olympics in 1996, in Atlanta, and the Winter Olympics in 2002, in Salt Lake City.
This is an historic day for Los Angeles, for the United States and for the Olympic and Paralympic Movements around the world.Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles’ efforts to host the Olympics for a third time ― it also held the games in 1932 ― were nearly derailed at numerous points in the process. The U.S. Olympic Committee initially tapped Boston as its choice to bid for the 2024 Games, until that bid collapsed amid fervent local opposition in July 2015. Los Angeles stepped in to replace Boston a month later. But it was seen as a long shot to beat out Paris, which last hosted the Olympics in 1924 and had narrowly lost out to London for the right to host the 2012 Games.
Handing the 2024 and 2028 games to Paris and Los Angeles could bring some needed stability ― and good public relations ― to an Olympic movement that has been in peril in recent years. The exorbitant costs and empty,destructive legacies of the Olympics have turned off potential hosts, and in each of the last two bidding cycles, the IOC has found itself with only two cities willing to handle the games. Three cities …
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