The International Olympic Committee has made a decision to announce the winning bids for the hosting of the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics simultaneously in September. The decision was made after a unanimous vote by the IOC.
The bids are widely expected to go to Paris and Los Angeles. France has tried five Olympic campaigns in the past 20 years, none of which have been successful. Meanwhile, the United States has had two bids rejected in the past decade. They do need to solidify their bids before the September 13th meeting, which will be held in Lima, Peru. “We’re thrilled with the IOC’s decision today, which is a major step forward in making LA’s Olympic dream a reality… We look forward to working with the IOC and Paris in the weeks ahead to turn this golden opportunity into a golden future together,” was how the Los Angeles bid committee expressed their reaction to the news in a statement.
— IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia) July 10, 2017
Now, as for which city will get which Games, Paris has been campaigning primarily for the 2024 edition, saying that it is staunchly against a 2028 awarding. Meanwhile, Los Angeles has bid for 2024 as well, but has expressed flexibility to moving towards 2028 if necessary. However, the Los Angeles bidding committee would try to get some financial compensation as part of a compromise towards ceding the 2024 bid to Paris. It isn’t off the table that, if Los Angeles is awarded the 2024 Games, that the decision upon the 2028 Games would be delayed.
This is the culmination of a turbulent 2024 bidding process that has seen three major cities (Hamburg, Rome and Budapest) have to withdraw bids because of opposition from political parties and the public. The United States wasn’t immune to this, as they had to switch to Los Angeles after there was too much resistance from its initial candidate of Boston.