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Los Angeles Mayor talks up 2028 Olympics option

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has dropped the strongest hint yet that the US city is prepared to host the 2028, rather than the 2024 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, after stating that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is drawing up a lucrative offer for the 2028 Games.

Earlier this month, the IOC Session voted unanimously to proceed with forming a tripartite agreement that will see the 2024 and 2028 Games awarded to Los Angeles and Paris. The IOC, LA 2024 and Paris 2024 are now set to engage in negotiations in order to form a platform by which both events can be assigned at the 131st IOC Session on September 13 in Lima, Peru.

Talks will now be directed towards which city will host which edition of the Games, with Paris seen to be the favourite for 2024. The French capital is seeking to stage the Olympics for the first time since 1924. If an agreement fails to be reached between the three parties, then a traditional voting process will take place in Lima on the 2024 Games only. 

Speaking at a BuzzFeed event yesterday (Wednesday), Garcetti (pictured) said Los Angeles becoming the 2024 host “is not probably most likely to happen.” Garcetti added that the IOC is making the later date “financially so attractive, we’d be stupid not to take 2028.”

The prospect of a dual award of rights to the 2024 and 2028 Games avoids the risk of potentially alienating a powerful bidder if only one set of rights was awarded. Paris failed with bids for the 2008 and 2012 Games, while New York and Chicago missed out on the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, respectively.

Garcetti said details behind a 2028 Games plan would be released next week, while his office sought to allay concerns over the challenges thrown up by an 11-year gap between Games award and delivery.

“Mayor Garcetti does not believe that waiting four more years would increase our risk profile,” a spokesman for the mayor told the Los Angeles Times newspaper. “Whether we host in 2024 or 2028, our low-risk plan remains the same — using existing infrastructure, and controlling costs.”