Paris and Los Angeles salute 'the right answer'


The Los Angeles Council voted unanimously on August 11 to approve the contracts signed by the city government and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028. "This historic double allocation is a "win-win-win" situation for the city of Paris, the city of Los Angeles and the IOC".

"We cracked the code when the committee changed the formula", said Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti.

After three failed attempts and 12 years after the demoralizing and disheartening loss to the London bid in 2005, Paris has finally been awarded the Olympic Games it has craved.

The ratification of the agreement came after it was approved at an Extraordinary IOC Session in Lausanne in July, paving the way for the IOC to award two editions of the Games at the same time.

One concern for Paris is that its bid was based on the sports in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

This paved the way for Paris as the sole 2024 bidder to win the Games unopposed.

Some 83 percent of residents in Los Angeles County said they want host the Olympics in 2028 in the survey. "LA is a city where the Games are not a barrier to making progress; we know that they are an accelerating force to re-envisioning a better city and a better world in the days ahead as we welcome you back to the City of Angels".

Paris hosted the Summer Olympics in 1900 and 1924.

Both Paris's bid co-chair Tony Estanguet and LA bid chairman Casey Wasserman are to stay on and lead the host cities' preparations, mayors Anne Hidalgo and Garcetti confirmed in a news conference after the announcement.

This will be the third time Los Angeles has hosted the Olympic Games; the city first hosted the Olympics in 1932, and then did so again in 1984, with athletic events taking place throughout Los Angeles and in venues across Southern California.

The Olympic body, however, was eager to secure the future of its prime product after Boston, Budapest, Rome and Hamburg all pulled the plug on their 2024 bids mid-race. "We'll be harnessing and developing experience to help ensure that the Paris Olympic is another huge success".

"Even though there is heightened tension on the Korean peninsula, I'm sure that this Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games will be a great success, with a great deal of stability", Ban told the Olympic Channel in an interview.