The United States took another step toward hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games Friday, following the International Olympic Committee executive board’s approval of a plan to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games simultaneously later this year.
The full IOC membership will vote on the executive board’s plan at an Extraordinary IOC Session next month alongside the previously scheduled 2024 Candidate City Briefing. The site for 2024 — and potentially 2028 — would then be officially awarded at the Sept. 13 IOC Session in Lima, Peru.
“We welcome the IOC executive board's decision to recognize two excellent bids from two of the world's greatest cities. With no new permanent venues to build and unwavering public support, Los Angeles is an eternal Olympic city and ideal partner for the IOC,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman said in a statement.
“We look forward to sharing our unique story with the IOC membership in July and working together to offer the best path forward for our city and the Olympic Movement's future."
The Olympics were previously held in Los Angeles in 1932 and 1984. If the United States is awarded hosting duties, it will become the first five-time host of the Olympic Summer Games. The 1996 Olympics were held in Atlanta, and St. Louis was the site of the third modern Olympics in 1904. The United States also has played host to the Winter Games four times: 1932 and 1980 in Lake Placid, New York; 1960 in Squaw Valley, California; and 2002 in Salt Lake City.
“We welcome the executive board’s proposal and look forward to further discussion with the IOC in preparation for their meeting in July,” said United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun. “We continue to believe the LA bid for 2024 is not only the most exceptional U.S. bid ever proposed, but is the exact right bid at the exact right time. We will continue to help share the LA story with the membership.”
The USOC most recently bid for the Summer Games for both 2012 (New York) and 2016 (Chicago).