2024, 2028 Olympic Games: Paris, Los Angeles win hosting rights

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Paris and Los Angeles Confirmed As Hosts For 2024 and 2028 Olympics

The French leader was among the first to offer congratulations to Paris after the International Olympic Committee officially confirmed Paris as the 2024 host, and Los Angeles for the 2028 Games.

The Los Angeles Council voted unanimously on August 11 to approve the contracts signed by the city government and the IOC to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028.

This time, no unpleasant surprises for Los Angeles and Paris.

Los Angeles for 2028. These events reflected sporting and Olympic values, such as respect and friendship, and also highlighted the attractiveness of France - which plays host to many major sporting events -, as well as French innovation and expertise, and the French language, one of the IOC's two official languages.

International Olympic Committee members raised their hands as International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach had the two mayors, Anne Hidalgo of Paris and LA's Eric Garcetti, standing next to him - and then handed them the cards "Paris 2024" and "Los Angeles 2028" typically used to announce host cities. "Both cities are very enthusiastic about the Games and are promoting the Olympic spirit in a fantastic way", said Bach. I am so proud and happy today. We have two great winners in Paris and Los Angeles, and in the Olympic Olympic Movement and the athletes.

Paris 2024 officials hugged and cheered following the vote, basking in victory after three previous failed bids to land the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

"Be yourself, fit the Olympics to your city, not the city to the Olympics".

"Today I am delighted to invite you to join the great family of Parisians, a family which belongs to the world", Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.

Traffic could be a problem - it nearly always is in LA - but the city will be well along in its multi-decade, multibillion-dollar transit upgrade by 2028, and those with long memories recall free-flowing highways the last time the Olympics came to town, as locals either left the city or heeded warnings to use public transportation or stay home.

"Bringing the Olympics back home to LA gives us the chance to imagine what our city will look like a decade from now", Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, said.

The new 2028 report concludes: "From the information submitted, the IOC Evaluation Commission considers that the main requirements for Los Angeles to host the Olympic Games 2028 have been met".

Hamburg, Rome, Budapest and Boston all fell by the wayside during the competition, reflecting the political difficulties in persuading voters that staging the Olympics is worth the multi-billion-dollar price tag.

LA has also hosted the Games twice before, in 1932 and 1984, and its 2028 edition has the motto "Follow the Sun".

The two cities are scheduled to host the XXXIII and XXXIV Summer Olympics, respectively.

It wasn't such a bad idea considering the news still seeping out about a bid scandal involving a Brazilian IOC member's alleged vote-selling to bring the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.

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