Both sides of the Atlantic received some great news today. In a historic move, the International Olympic Committee simultaneously awarded the Summer Olympic Games for both 2024 and 2028. Paris will host the former, while Los Angeles will welcome the world for the latter.
“These are two great cities from two great countries with a great Olympic history. Both cities are very enthusiastic about the Games and are promoting the Olympic spirit in a fantastic way,” IOC President, Thomas Bach stated.
The upcoming games will be the third time each city has hosted, joining London on that exclusive list. It’s been a hundred years since the City of Love last held the games in 1924 with 1900 being the first time. Meanwhile, the City of Angels did so in 1932 and 1984. The latter was widely boycotted by Eastern Bloc countries.
The announcement was a relatively low-key affair when compared to the past. There was no huge nail-biting voting results reveal. Both Paris and Los Angeles actually vied for the 2024 Games, against an initial six-strong field. When the other candidate cities withdrew, the IOC decided to award them the next available Olympics, rather than declaring a winner and loser.
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