Olympic host cities Paris and Los Angeles

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Paris will host the 2024 Olympics while Los Angeles will stage the 2028 edition.

"Today's decision by the International Olympic Committee adds vast potential for baseball and softball to remain on the program beyond the Tokyo 2020 Games". Los Angeles protested, and was later selected as host of the 1932 Games. Over the course of 2015 and 2016, however, Hamburg, Rome and Budapest removed themselves from consideration for various reasons, leaving L.A. and Paris as the only two cities in the running to host the 2024 Games.

"This is a historic day for the Olympic movement, and a great day for baseball and softball", said World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) President Riccardo Fraccari.

A chronic shortage of bidding cities is part of the reason that the International Olympic Committee is awarding two games at the meeting in Lima, Peru. Past year at this time the field included four cities: Los Angeles, Paris, Budapest and Rome.

It's official, the 2024 Olympics are coming to Paris - and four years later they'll be in Los Angeles in the first "double allocation" of the Olympic contests in modern history.

The IOC also agreed to waive $50 million in fees and contribute up to $2 billion of its broadcast and sponsorship revenues to the Games, more than the $1.7 billion pledged to Paris for 2024.

AP  Shailesh Prajapati
AP Shailesh Prajapati

In the same release, the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo said "I am very proud and moved to bring the Games back to Paris".

"I can look people in the eye and say this is a much stronger deal financially", said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

"This new MOU ensures that our city priorities remain front-and-center in LA 2028's preparations for the Games".

LA stepped forward, and as the only bidder did not sign a host city contract guaranteeing the Games. While a number of major cities dropped out of the bidding (including the original United States bid city, Boston), Paris and L.A. emerged as the frontrunners.

The '28 Games will mark the first time a USA city will host the Games since 2002 (Salt Lake City, Utah for the Winter Olympics), and the first Summer Games since 1996 (Atlanta, Ga.). It joins London and now Paris as the only three-time hosts. AB 132, which promises $270 million, is now making its way through the Legislature. Los Angeles also says its $5.3 billion cost will be covered by sponsorships, ticket sales and other revenue sources.

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