IOC announces next Olympic hosts

Published: 14 September 2017 Image credit: Reuters/Mariana Bazo

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Two of the world’s most famous cities have been named as hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee.

Paris has been given the green light to host the 2024 festivities, while Los Angeles will welcome back the event in 2028.

Both cities were competing for the 2024 event, but Los Angeles eventually agreed to wait an extra four years after IOC funding guarantees.

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An inflatable 2024 logo seen at Marseille's old harbor. (Picture: Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

Paris has long awaited a return of the Summer Olympics, falling short in bids for the 2008 and 2012 games.

It will mark 100 years since the event was last held in the French capital, whereas Los Angeles hosted festivities in 1932 and 1984.

The race for the 2024 spot came down to just Paris and Los Angeles after competing interests Hamburg, Rome and Budapest all withdrew bids.

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Olympic rings to celebrate the IOC announcement that Paris won the 2024 Olympic bid. (Picture: Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes)

Paris got over the line as its prospective sites for the Games would not be available for redevelopment after 2024.

The City of Love has a plethora of famous landmarks which are sure to make the 2024 event spectacular and awe-inspiring.

Paris’ bid made use of the city’s most famous icon – the Eiffel Tower – which will be in the backdrop for the triathlon, marathon and open-water swimming.

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Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti celebrates LA being awarded the 2028 Games. (Picture: Reuters/Mariana Bazo)

Road cycling will see its finish line on the famed Champs-Elysees, while athletics will take place in the Stade de France, one of the world’s more famous venues.

Los Angeles’ bid was said to be about “what we have, not what we’re going to build,” as per BBC.

In a nod to history, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which hosted the athletics at the 1932 and 1984 games, will once again host the world’s fastest and strongest.