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At the full meeting of the International Olympic Committee in Lima, IOC members ratified a Tripartite Agreement that officially awarded the 2024 Summer Olympic Games to Paris and 2028 Games to Los Angeles.
Every IOC member in attendance raised their hands in support of the dual awarding. There were no votes against and no abstentions.
“Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great honor to announce that the International Olympic Committee has simultaneously selected the host city of the Games of 33rd Olympiad, 2024, and the host city of the Games of the 34th Olympiad, 2028 — Paris 2024, Los Angeles 2028,” IOC President Thomas Bach declared.
During the session, Bach and First Vice President John Coates presented the details of the agreement where Los Angeles withdrew its bid for the 2024 Olympic Games and instead sought to host the 2028 Games. That left Paris as the only candidate to host 2024.
That was all part of a Tripartite Agreement between the IOC and the two cities. Support for this unprecedented dual awarding of the Olympic Games was obvious, as no IOC members had questions about the Tripartite Agreement when Coates presented.
Patrick Baumann of the IOC Evaluation Committee presented on how Los Angeles had fulfilled all IOC requirements and could be counted on as a low-risk bid, even if it was being awarded 11 years in advance. Earlier this week, the IOC Evaluation Committee gave LA 2028 the go-ahead.
Baumann explained that Los Angeles was prepared to host the 2028 Olympics and without any excessive costs. He reiterated many of the key points of Los Angeles’ bid: the pre-existing Olympic Village on the campus of UCLA and the use of temporary competition venues among them.
Members of the Paris and then Los Angeles bid committees then spoke about what it would mean for the Olympics to return to their respective cities. Olympic swimming legend Janet Evans was among those presenting on behalf of the Los Angeles bid, and she spoke about how she was inspired by watching the 1984 Olympic Games in LA as a 12-year-old.
Others speaking on behalf of the LA bid included chairman Casey Wasserman, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun, four-time Olympic track star Allyson Felix and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcettii.