Paris, L.A. to work with IOC to settle 2024, 2028 Games

The Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Finally, Los Angeles and Paris have their Olympic hosting destiny in their own hands.

If they can agree who goes first, each city will be awarded either the 2024 or 2028 Summer Games in September.

International Olympic Committee members voted unanimously on Tuesday to seek a consensus three-way deal between the two bid cities and the IOC executive board. Talks will open with Paris widely seen as the favorite for 2024.

If a deal falls through, only the 2024 hosting rights will be voted on when the IOC next meets, on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru.

However, an agreement seemed assured, judging by the reaction of the two mayors.

“I have full confidence that we will get there,” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a celebratory news conference for both candidates and IOC president Thomas Bach.

Garcetti and Anne Hidalgo, his friend and counterpart from Paris, had emerged on stage seconds after the vote, holding hands, to welcome the decision. They were joined by Bach, who raised an arm of each in a shared gesture of triumph.

A deal to make both cities winners would fulfil a strategy that Bach set in motion last December to help ensure a stable future for the signature Olympic event.

Asked when a 2024-2028 agreement could be sealed, Bach suggested: “If you ask me, I hope that in August we could be there.”

The IOC approved the expected double award after hearing both cities present their 2024 hosting plans in its home city.

Both cities used 45 minutes of videos and speeches in a closed-door session with IOC members to explain how they would host the 2024 Olympics.

At separate news conferences, the mayors said they could work toward a deal.

“We look forward to working together, maybe not in competition but collaboration with Paris,” Garcetti said.