Friday, 21 July, 2017

Macron's presence key to successful Paris bid for 2024 Games: mayor

Los Angeles’ Mayor Eric Garcetti International Olympic Committee ’s President German Thomas Bach and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo pose during a press conference following an IOC extraordinary session Paris and Los Angeles assured of hosting the Games in 2024 or 2028
Lillian Steele | 13 July, 2017, 01:36

The only other time that a pair of host cities was named at the same time was 96 years ago, when Paris was awarded the 1924 Olympics and Amsterdam was awarded the 1928 Summer Games.

"Paris mayor Anne Hildago tweeted: "#Lausanne marks the beginning of a great story between Olympic family, #Paris and #LosAngeles.

Bach first raised the possibility of awarding the 2024 and 2028 games at once, saying in December that tapping one city at a time "produces too many losers".

"They are having to accept them both".

"Under this new procedure, when we get an expression of interest from a city, the International Olympic Committee sends its technical experts in, with the [International Sports] Federations, and helps formulate a bid using what you've got in the best possible way rather than spending a whole lot of money to hire these experts yourself", Coates told The Australian.

The IOC report noted that in line with the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, both Los Angeles and Paris are planning to use a record number of existing and temporary venues, a first in Olympic history and a move created to cut costs and boost sustainability.

The mayors were united on stage by IOC President Thomas Bach, who raised an arm of each in a shared gesture of triumph.

"Both of us will find it more and more hard to convince cities - whether it's Paris, Los Angeles or other American cities - to really go into this process if one of us gets turned down", Garcetti had said earlier Tuesday.

"The IOC has made significant steps towards implementing Agenda 2020 reforms and has been a great partner in our initial explorations regarding a potential Calgary 2026 Bid", COC chief executive officer Chris Overholt said in a statement.

"At this insane moment in the world when so much is unsure, let's bring what we know to be true and good, and that is the Olympic movement", the mayor said.

Meanwhile, as the IOC turns its attentions to upcoming Games, starting with the particularly pressing matter of next February's slow-going winter edition in PyeongChang, last summer's event in Rio continues to linger like a stubborn headache for the committee.

I had been unsettled by this idea as long as Budapest remained a candidate for 2024 but it seemed eminently sensible, when the Hungarian capital pulled out, for this unique strategy to be enacted.

The IOC's most valuable TV rights deal is with NBC and several of its top-tier sponsors are American.

Bach named the presentations "mind-blowing" and "Olympism at its best".

"He (Bach) has good friends who gave him good advice", LA bid chairman Casey Wasserman said.

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