Los Angeles likely to host 2024 or 2028 Summer Olympics

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In a ceremony attended by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Paris, France Mayor Anne Hidalgo, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the two cities would host the Summer Olympics in 2024 and 2028. A decision on which city will host in 2024 hasn’t been made yet, each city has to compete for it, but part of Tuesday’s decision means that whichever city does not get 2024 will host in 2028.

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was the site of the 1924 Olympics
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Los Angeles Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) has been a leading Congressional voice advocating for an Olympics in Los Angeles — in 2016 she helped lead a bipartisan resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that supports the L.A. bid for 2024 Summer Games — released a statement on Tuesday. In it she said, “I am thrilled the IOC has unanimously agreed to award Los Angeles the privilege of hosting a third Summer Olympic Games in 2024 or 2028!  LA is a city fiercely committed to diversity and international collaboration – and with our famed athletic facilities, Mediterranean climate, thriving economy, and unparalleled cultural assets, we are the perfect city to host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.  I encourage the IOC to choose the most qualified city for the 2024 Games, and follow the sun to LA!  Let’s bring the Olympics back to the City of Angels.”

The announcement was made by IOC President Thomas Bach in Lausanne, Switzerland. All the other cities that put in bids, including Boston, MA (and three European cities), dropped out.

The last time Paris hosted an Olympics was 1924. The last time Los Angeles hosted The Games was 1984. It was the year Soviet Bloc nations boycotted after President Jimmy Carter ordered the U.S. Olympic Team to boycott the 1980 Summer Games held in Moscow, Russia (then the U.S.S.R.)

Top photo of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Thomas Bach and Anne Hidalgo is a screen shot of YouTube video.