Summer Olympics Go Hollywood LA Gets 2028 Games

14 September, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • LA Olympics: Los Angeles officially chosen as 2028 host city

With a vote on Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2028 Games to Los Angeles as part of a historic move to select two host cities simultaneously. Paris hosted in 1900 and then again in 1924 before a lengthy layoff.

Unlike past elections for Olympic host cities when these final presentations might have made a difference in the IOC vote, neither city had to worry about losing.

But critics have noted that a slew of previous hosts - including Rio de Janeiro, which staged the 2016 Summer Games - have ended up with substantial deficits. Initially agreed to over the summer, the three-way deal followed an exodus of other bidders for the 2024 games, reported Ben Bergen, of member station KPCC, in June.

"It is hard to imagine something better", said IOC President Thomas Bach.

Paris insisted it didn't want to wait around for the opportunity, pouncing on the chance to host sooner than later. Throughout the bidding process, Los Angeles noted that 97% of proposed venues for their Games already exist or would be temporarily set up. "Now L.A. 2028 has a golden opportunity, with four more years to prepare and a $2 billion contribution from the International Olympic Committee, to redefine how hosting the Games can benefit host communities".

This ends a string of unsuccessful bids by Paris after they tried to land the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Boston was the country's original contender to host the 2024 games, but it backed out two years ago. The center is estimated to cost about $123 million and will be paid for by public funds.

The Los Angeles planning committee estimates that the games will cost $5.3 billion.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, adds to its storied Olympic history.

The United States finally lands a Summer Games after failed bids by NY for 2012 and Chicago for 2016. Bach is in Lima for the Wednesday IOC session to vote on the host cities for the next Olympics.

"I can look people in the eye and say this is a much stronger deal financially", said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels". "Both cities are very enthusiastic about the Games and are promoting the Olympic spirit in a fantastic way".

"We are thrilled that the Olympics will be returning to Los Angeles", said Oram.

While the committee's decision to award hosting duties to Los Angeles for 2028 marks a win for the city's and the president's efforts, Trump will no longer be in office by the time the Games begin there.



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