Paris tells International Olympic Committee it wants 2024 Olympics or nothing
By Ben Rumsby
The Telegraph (UK)
Paris told the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday it was “now or never” for its bid to host the 2024 Games, ruling out staging them four years later.
The bid committee for the French capital threatened to block any plan to award the 2024 and 2028 editions of the IOC’S flagship event to Paris and Los Angeles – unless they took place in that order.
Paris drew a line in the sand after IOC president Thomas Bach gave the clearest indication yet that the contest for the 2024 Games would effectively be scrapped, with one of the two remaining bidders granted the 2028 edition.
IOC may award both 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games in September 2017
Hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games may both be picked in September in an unprecedented double vote.
Only the 2024 Games are due to be awarded at an International Olympic Committee summit in Lima, but a working group may bring forward the 2028 race.
“All options are on the table, and this includes also the `24-’28 procedure and vote”, said IOC president Thomas Bach.
Paris is favorite for the 2024 Games ahead of Los Angeles, but the loser could get the 2028 Olympics.
Five candidate cities were announced by the IOC on September 16, 2015:
Earlier in the process the United States Olympic Committee terminated Boston as the United States’ proposed bid city, because resistance among residents was too great to overcome. Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, immediately expressed interest in hosting the Olympics.
In February 2017, because of growing opposition, Budapest withdrew its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Now only Los Angeles and Paris are the contenders to be chosen in September 2017 by the International Olympic Committee.
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