IOC; Session votes in support of joint awarding of 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games

Today 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:

1. 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;

2. 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

3. 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.”


You can read the full press release here.



Press conference

IOC president Thomas Bach said:

“This is an golden opportunity for today, but it is of really great importance for the future of the Olympic Games because ensuring stability of the Olympic Games for 11 years is really, in our world, something extraordinary.”

“This is why we think that today this is a great day therefore the Olympic games and for the Olympic Movement. It is a great day also for this wonderful cities.”

“This is really a win-win-win situation for everybody.”


About the timeframe of the agreement Thomas Bach said:

“We will start right away. We will have a diner tonight and maybe we will already start talking over diner. But not forget to celebrate a little a bit.”

“I Have already appointed the Evaluation Commission for 2028 so that in fact from tomorrow on we can start discussing. But what we also have to respect are off course procedures to be followed in the two cities. So if you ask me I hope in August we could be there if everything is going well.”


Eric Garcetti (Mayor of Los Angeles) said:

“In the past we have looked at the Olympics as when we bid it is a winner take all. There is no silver medal when you bid. But maybe the better metaphor is, in Olympic history we have actually had 37 times which there has been a tie for a golden medal. And maybe today is the 38 time.”

“For Los Angeles it is a golden opportunity. One that we don’t take lightly.”

“I want to thank the people of my city. The Angelinos who have believed in the Olympics for over a century. For the first time in a generation we are going to bring you an Olympics home. For my daughter, for your children en grand children; They will experience what the magic of that experience is. They will see what it means to have the world in our backyard.”


Anne Hidalgo (Mayor of Paris) said:

“I am fully committed with the Paris team to putting all my energy, our creativity and my resolve into reaching an agreement for Paris to experience once again this Olympic adventure that it has been longing for for 100 years.”