Paris guaranteed to host Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee effectively handed the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games to Paris and Los Angeles on Tuesday when a landmark double hosting deal was approved.
The IOC meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland had initially been forecast as a key stage in the battle for 2024, with teams from the French capital and California mega-city making fresh pitches to voters.
But the Paris-Los Angeles rivalry has been muted by an IOC plan to ensure that both cities come out as winners.
The IOC, which has struggled to attract prospective hosts given the enormous cost of staging the Games, did not want to turn either city away.
So IOC chief Thomas Bach pushed a plan to have both 2024 and 2028 awarded together at the organisation's main annual meeting in Peru in September.
That plan was approved in a unanimous vote on Tuesday.
Talks will now open between the two cities to find out which will host the Games first, but it appears an agreement has already been hatched with Paris widely seen as favourite for 2024 and LA prepared to wait until 2028
However if a deal falls through, only the 2024 hosting rights will be voted on when the IOC next meets Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru. ■