The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will converge on Wednesday (September 13 2017) in the Peruvian capital, Lima to crown Paris and Los Angeles as hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics.
The traditional frenzy of last-minute lobbying, politicking and schmoozing by host cities will be strikingly absent in Lima.
As the bidding battle for 2024 intensified, the field thinned to leave Los Angeles and Paris as the last bids standing, while Hamburg, Rome, Budapest and Boston all fell by the wayside during the competition.
IOC members will ratify the agreement following 25-minute presentations by Paris and Los Angeles, the last two cities left in the race for the 2024 Olympics.
In a historic move, the IOC brokered an agreement that will see Paris (France)handed the 2024 Games with Los Angeles (USA) awarded 2028, with World Olympics governing body chief Thomas Bach, the driving force behind the double award, describing the candidacies of Paris and Los Angeles as a “golden opportunity.”
In July, the IOC announced it would award the staging rights for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics at the same meeting in Lima.
IOC chief Bach first signalled publicly that the double-award of an Olympics could be on the agenda in December last year, lamenting that the bidding process produced “too many losers.”
French investigators meanwhile have already announced they are investigating the 2013 vote in Buenos Aires which awarded the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo, following reports of secret payments into a Singapore-based bank account linked to the son of disgraced former world athletics chief Lamine Diack.