THE cities of Paris and Los Angeles have been named as hosts of the 2024 and 2028 summer Games respectively by the International Olympic Committee. For Paris, it’s the third time lucky in recent years having missed out to Beijing in 2008 and to London in 2012 and the 2024 games will mark 100 years since the French capital last hosted the event.
In the case of Los Angeles, it’s the third time they’ve hosted the summer games after doing so in 1932 and 1984.
Paris and Los Angeles had been the only two candidates for the 2024 Games after Hamburg, Rome and Budapest withdrew from the race.
The Californian city were keen to stage the earlier Games because of its readiness to host while Paris said its prospective site for the Games would not be available for redevelopment after 2024.
IOC President Thomas Bach said the votes for both cities were “unanimous”.
In Paris, the famous Olympic rings were wheeled into position in front of the Eiffel Tower before this week’s announcement, and those behind the bid made the most of one of the world’s most famous landmarks – let alone in France – in their logo.
When the action gets underway in seven years time it will be the scene for the triathlon, marathon and open-water swimming.
The athletics will take place at the Stade de France, which staged football’s 1998 World Cup final and Euro 2016 final, while the gardens of former royal palace Versailles will host the equestrian events – eventing, showjumping and dressage.
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which hosted athletics at the 1932 and 1984 Games, is planned to have the same role for 2028.
Games organisers plan to use Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy’s StarHub Centre for rugby and modern pentathlon events, while using the popular Santa Monica beach for volleyball.