L.A. Inches Closer to Olympics Bid

Thursday, June 15, 2017 Written by 
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May have to wait until 2028

 

The United States took another step toward hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games Friday, following the International Olympic Committee executive board’s approval of a plan to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games simultaneously later this year. 

 

The unprecedented dual award all but guarantees that Los Angeles and Paris—the only bidders left—will become host cities. 

 

There is speculation that the Summer Games will be held in Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028. Paris is seeking to host the Olympics on the 100-year anniversary of its second time holding the Games. A 2024 bid will also make Paris the second city to host the Olympics three times.  London is the first. 

 

Los Angeles appears content to wait another 4 years to become the three-time Olympic host city, and the third city to host the Games within the U.S.

 

The full IOC membership will vote on the executive board’s plan next month. The site for 2024 — and potentially 2028 — would then be officially awarded at the Sept. 13 IOC Session in Lima, Peru.

 

 “We welcome the IOC executive board's decision to recognize two excellent bids from two of the world's greatest cities. With no new permanent venues to build and unwavering public support, Los Angeles is an eternal Olympic city and ideal partner for the IOC,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman said in a statement.

 

According to the plan, the $2.6 billion stadium being built in Inglewood will be among 4 sports venues to host Games in the L.A. area. The opening ceremony will be jointly held at the Coliseum and at the Inglewood stadium, and gymnastics competition would be held at The Forum in Inglewood.

 

The Olympics were previously held in Los Angeles in 1932 and 1984. If the United States is awarded hosting duties, it will become the first five-time host of the Olympic Summer Games. The 1996 Olympics were held in Atlanta, and St. Louis was the site of the third modern Olympics in 1904. The United States also has played host to the Winter Games four times: 1932 and 1980 in Lake Placid, New York; 1960 in Squaw Valley, California; and 2002 in Salt Lake City.

 

The USOC most recently bid for the Summer Games for both 2012 (New York) and 2016 (Chicago).

 

Source:  TeamUSA.org 

 

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