The International Olympic Committee officially retained this Wednesday in Lima, Peru, Paris as the host city of the Olympic Games of 2024. One hundred years later, the capital of France will again host the big sporting event, while Los Angeles inherits the edition 2028.
There had been no suspense since last July 31 and Los Angeles’s renunciation in the race to organize the 2024 Olympic Games. But the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had to officially validate the agreement reached with the California megalopolis and Paris. It is done this Wednesday, September 13, 2017: the IOC has designated Paris as the host city of the Olympic Games 2024. Los Angeles will host the 2028 edition.
Emmanuel Macron assures the IOC ” the complete commitment of an entire country ”
The IOC held its 131st session in Lima, Peru. In the past, the forum chaired by Thomas Bach has seen much more stressful and tense meetings. This time, no nervousness. Since March, the IOC, Los Angeles, and Paris have agreed on the principle of a double allocation 2024/2028. The withdrawal from Los Angeles for the 2024 edition left the French capital a unique candidate.
This absence of doubt led Emmanuel Macron, fervent defender of the candidacy of Paris, not to go to Lima. The President of the Republic addressed the members of the IOC in a video, in which he stressed ” the full commitment of a whole country behind the Games “. ” Defending the values of Olympism also means striving for balance, for more multilateralism, for a more inclusive and sustainable society,” the head of state said.
Paris, the first city to host the Games three times
At 19:47 (French time), Thomas Bach, therefore, asked the 84 members of the IOC. By a show of hands, all voices were heard. No objection, no abstentions. In the wake of this, Mr. Bach announced the expected news: Paris’s candidacy was chosen for the 2024 Olympic Games and that of Los Angeles for the 2028 Olympic Games. After several minutes of applause, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, was able to sign the contracts confirming the organization of the Games, under the eyes of Tony Estanguet, Laura Flessel, Valérie Pécresse, David Douillet, Denis Masseglia and the rest of the French delegation.
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On July 6, 2005, the tricolor dream was broken for the third time: after the failures of 1992 (defeat against the candidacy of Barcelona) and 2008 (defeat against the candidacy of Beijing), Paris was defeated, by London. On September 13, the nightmares give way to joy in the French clan. There was the 1900 Olympics in Paris, the second of the modern era and the first to be held outside of Athens, the cradle of Olympism. There was the 1924 Olympics in Paris. A century later, there will be Paris 2024. The French capital is the first city to host the Games three times in the modern era. ” France deserves this moment, ” said Tony Estanguet, who “looks forward to being on August 2, 2024, for the opening ceremony.”
— Olympics (@Olympics) September 13, 2017