It’s Official: Los Angeles Gets to Host 2028 Olympics; Paris to Host 2024 Games
The city of Los Angeles has won the bid for hosting the 2028 Olympic Games, as confirmed by the Los Angeles Olympic Committee to CBS News.
The news was first reported by The Los Angeles Times saying that the deal awarded Paris the 2024 Summer Games then going back to the sunny state of the United States, California. This is the third time Los Angeles hosted the Olympic Games; the last two were 1932 and 1984.
Last month, the committee announced that cities would be rewarded with a bid to host the 2024 or 2028 games. However, the decisions are expected to be announced in September.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, as quoted in CBS News, the city is taking “a major step toward bringing the Games back to our city for the first time in a generation”. The mayor also called the games as a “historic day for Los Angeles, for the United States” and the Olympic community. Previously, Mayor Garcetti said that Los Angeles is open to hosting the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games.
During his speech on Monday evening at a soccer stadium in Carson as reported by CBS News, the mayor explained why the 2028 proposal was better since it promises to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in additional benefits, saying that the deal ” “was too good to pass up.” He then suggested the International Olympic Committee would sign the 2024-2028 deal next month.
Moreover, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson describes the deal as a “win-win-win scenario.”
The opportunity to host the Games “is a golden occasion further strengthening Los Angeles — not just through bricks and mortar, but through new opportunities for our communities to watch, play and benefit from a sport,” Wesson said as quoted in CBS News.
According to CBS News, Los Angeles has a budget of over $5 billion to host the Games. Comparing the current budget to other Olympic Games, Los Angeles’ budget is only half of the estimated budget of the Rio Olympics, while only a fraction of Sochi’s $51 billion budget reportedly spent during the 2014 Winter Games.
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