LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles formally announced its intent to host the 2028 Summer Olympics on Monday after agreeing on a deal with Games officials that paves the way for Paris to host in 2024.
“The Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic bid committee in cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), today announced its intention for Los Angeles to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2028 and its agreement with the Host City Contract 2028,” the LA bid committee said in a statement, confirming earlier comments from city officials.
The deal trumpeted as a “win-win-win” for Los Angeles, Paris, and the IOC, will bring the Summer Olympics to Los Angeles for the third time after the city staged the Games in 1984 and 1932.
Los Angeles had been in a race with Paris for 2024, with the winner to be named by the IOC on September 13 in Lima.
But the possibility that Los Angeles would abandon a 2024 bid and instead accept the 2028 Games has been growing since the IOC decided in July that in an unprecedented move it would attempt to award both Games at its Lima meeting.
Paris had remained insistent on hosting in 2024, on the 100th anniversary of the city’s 1924 Olympics.