IOC Awards 2028 Games to LA, Weightlifting Coming Sooner to Southern California

Sept. 13, 2017, 5:30 p.m. (ET)
The International Olympic Committee voted Wednesday to award the 2028 Olympic Games to the City of Los Angeles, the third city ever to host three Olympic Games (1932, 1984, 2028) after London (1908, 1948, 2012) and Paris (1900, 1924, 2014.)

“This is an exciting moment for everyone in the United States,” two-time Olympian and 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist and Southern California-native Sarah Robles said. “I firmly believe LA is one of the most adept cities for hosting the Olympic Games. California has a diverse culture and its laws and standards for sustainability and environmentalism directly correlate and support the Olympic Movement.”

The United States and the LA area won’t have to wait long to enjoy high-caliber action from an Olympic Sport.

The first major international event of Olympic Sport in Southern California since the announcement will land in Anaheim, California November 28-December 6 as USA Weightlifting hosts the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Weightlifting World Championships.

“With the spotlight of the sporting world on Anaheim, we’re looking forward to showing the IOC—and the entire Olympic Movement—just how robust of a sport Weightlifting is and how many fans appreciate one of the Games’ original sports,” USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews said. 

The venue for the Weightlifting World Championships, the Anaheim Convention Center, has an Olympic past. It served as the site of the wrestling competition at the last LA Games in 1984.

Members of the IOC, along with top officials of the IWF and the U.S. Olympic Committee will be in attendance in Anaheim.

Tickets and spectator packages are still available for the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim. Visit the official site at 2017wwcanaheim.com to purchase.

“I’m so excited the Games are coming back to the United States,” American Record holder and 2016 Olympian Morghan King said. “This is a chance for us Americans to showcase our love of sport and unity.”