Olympics - Los Angeles bid signals 2028 Games acceptable

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It's thought that the report may recommend that both the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games be awarded to Paris and LA. - a move that will ensure that two highly capable host cities are secured for the next two quadrennials of Summer Games. And I think the exciting thing for the possibility of 2024 and 2028, whether it's us first and Paris second or vice versa, is the possibility of a partnership between two cities that are creating an Olympics at the same time.

The IOC will announce its decision in Lima, Peru in September.

Many IOC members have been leaning towards Paris for 2024 in the knowledge that President Trump will not be...

In my city and country, there is an unshakeable public confidence for the Games. 88 per cent of Angelenos support our bid in a city where nearly 40 per cent of the population was born outside the US.

To be blunt, LA 2024 has never been only about LA or 2024.

A spokesman for LA 2024 later clarified the city has not given up its bid for 2024, and Chairman Casey Wasserman reiterated in his statement the strengths of Los Angeles' proposal for the 2024 Games.

"Even when the issue of a dual award for the 2024 and 2028 Games was initially raised, we didn't say it's "L.A. first" or it's "now or never" for L.A.: that sounds like an ultimatum", he said. We're better partners than that.

"It has always been our contention that LA 2024 had to make as much sense for the Olympic movement as it did for the people of LA".

He said the city and LA 2024 "want to make it clear to the IOC and the global sports community that L.A.'s primary focus isn't on ourselves; instead, we are focused on the Olympic Movement and the world".

The 2024 bid process has been among the messiest with several cities dropping out, citing the high costs and uncertain returns associated with hosting an Olympics.

"That's called unity, not diversity - just like the Olympic Movement itself".

It comes a week after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said they would consider accepting the 2028 rather than the 2024 edition in return for the International Olympic Committee funding youth sports programmes in the city.

For Paris, this is also a major relief, as the bid has pinned its hopes on marking the centenary of its last Games in 1924 and ending a run of three previous failed bids, most recently in 2005 when London came from behind to beat the French capital. If Los Angeles agrees to bump its bid back four years, the committee could ask for more favorable terms in 2028 and perhaps utilize the longer runway to urge the IOC to further invest in sport in the city.

They previously staged them in 1932 and 1984.

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