Macron offers congratulations to Paris for 2024

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The IOC voted to confirm the announcements but the host cities had been pretty much announced a few weeks back.

"In the coming seven years we will prepare the Olympic Games with all our energy", French President Emmanuel Macron, who had personally campaigned for the bid, said.

Paris for 2024. Los Angeles for 2028. "LA is a city where the Games are not a barrier to making progress; we know that they are an accelerating force to re-envisioning a better city and a better world in the days ahead as we welcome you back to the City of Angels".

For Paris, however, the wait has been considerably longer.

"Today is an incredibly special day for two great cities here on the stage", United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said Wednesday, congratulating his French counterparts on their "great work on behalf of Paris 2024".

Both Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 officials expressed their excitement at the decision to award their cities the Olympic Games.

The International Olympic Committee named Paris and Los Angeles as hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics on Wednesday, crowning two cities at the same time in a historic first for the embattled sports body.

Both cities will host their third Olympics.

"We all look forward to a spectacular Games in your lovely city", Blackmun added, before crediting L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. 2028 Chairman Casey Wasserman for making the California city's bid an attractive one to the IOC.

Los Angeles 2028 officials celebrated the return of the Olympics to USA soil. The only other city to have hosted three Summer Olympics is London (1908, 1948, 2012).

The Paris Games will come on the 100th anniversary of its last turn.

The leader of the International Olympic Committee evaluation commission has told International Olympic Committee members he recommends Los Angeles for hosting the 2028 Olympics.

Bid chairman Casey Wasserman said the wardrobe "reflects who we are, and the unique brand of California-cool that we will bring to the 2028 Games".

It was solved by Paris and Los Angeles, two cities with a storied tradition of Olympic hosting and an apparent understanding of Bach's much-touted reform package, known as Agenda 2020.

Their subsequent report noted that LA 2028's Games Concept remains virtually unchanged from the 2024 plan, thanks to the bid's use of Los Angeles' world class existing sports infrastructure.

Both the 2014 winter Games in Russia's Sochi and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics were mired in controversy over corruption, embezzlement and doping allegations, dealing a major blow to the reputations of the event and the IOC.

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