Los Angeles to host the 2028 Olympics, Paris gets 2024 Games

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It's an important move for Los Angeles to lock the award of being host of the 2028 Summer Games, which is scheduled to be announced with 2024 Olympics host city, Paris, together by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday in Peru.

Torrential rain did not dampen enthusiasm in Paris as the City of Light celebrated clinching its bid to host the Olympic Games in 2024.

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. "The Commission equally concludes that the many opportunities presented by an Olympic Games 2028 in Los Angeles would far outweigh any potential risks of awarding the Games 11 years in advance instead of 7 years".

"This is a win-win-win situation for Paris, Los Angeles and the entire Olympic Movement", said IOC President Thomas Bach.

The entire French diplomatic network made the 2024 Paris bid a part of its dialogue with France's foreign partners and contributed to its promotion, while observing the rules of the IOC Code of Ethics.

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 131st IOC Session in Lima.

The pre-ordained outcome did little to dampen celebrations inside the Lima Convention Centre, where Paris and Los Angeles officials cheered and congratulated each other.

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The history-making decision marks the first time the International Olympic Committee has granted two Summer Olympics at once.

"Today, LA 2028 is taking the final step in our bid, and preparing to begin our 11-year journey as an Olympic host city", Garcetti said.

"These are two great cities from two great countries with a great Olympic history". The 2024 edition will be the 100th anniversary. The last time it hosted the games was in 1924.

"I think it's a very positive message about the value of the Olympic movement and the value of the Olympic Games", said Sergei Bubka, the Olympic champion pole vaulter, who is an honorary member of the IOC.

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. It seeks to streamline the Games, most notably by eliminating billion-dollar stadiums and infrastructure projects that have been underused, if used at all, once the Olympics leave town.

"Few governments want to risk the billions in cost overruns that have become synonymous with recent Olympics".

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

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