Paris and Los Angeles set for Win-Win-Win

Olympics | Published: Thu 13 July 2017

The International Olympic Committee has paved way for Paris and Los Angeles to both win hosting rights after reaching an historic decision to announce successful candidatures for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games at the same time.


The IOC this week unanimously agreed in principle to proceed with a joint announcement for the hosting rights of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games in an unprecedented move that French President, Emmanuel Macron termed as a "win-win-win” for the Olympic movement.


The IOC membership approved the following proposal:


"Recognising the exceptional circumstances and unique opportunities presented by the candidatures of Los Angeles and Paris for the Olympic Games 2024, the International Olympic Committee takes the following decision:


  • To authorise the IOC Executive Board to conclude a tripartite agreement with Los Angeles and Paris and their respective NOCs for the simultaneous election of the host cities of the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028 during the 131st IOC Session in Lima;


  •  Should such tripartite agreement be concluded, the 131st IOC Session will ratify the tripartite agreement, thereby electing one city for the Olympic Games 2024 and the other city for the Olympic Games 2028. To that effect, the 130th IOC Session hereby waives the seven-year deadline set out in Rule 33.2 of the Olympic Charter; and


  •  Should such tripartite agreement not be concluded, the 131st IOC Session will proceed with the election of the host city 2024 in accordance with the current election procedure."


The decision effectively puts the ball into the court of the Paris and Los Angeles 2024 Organising Committees to reach an agreement on which country will host in 2024 and 2028.


Providing agreement can be struck, both bids would be assured of success, as no other nominations are active for 2024 hosting rights after Budapest withdrew earlier in 2017.


Both cities have previously hosted the Olympic Games on two separate occasions, with Paris home to the 1900 and 1924 editions, whilst Los Angeles was the venue of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games.