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17 September 2017, 02:00 | Jodi Jackson

AP Dmitri Lovetsky

AP  Dmitri Lovetsky

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo waved a flag Friday and her plane was sprayed by a celebratory water cannon as the French Olympic delegation was welcomed back in Paris after securing the 2024 Olympic Games. IOC President Thomas Bach said the votes for both cities were "unanimous".

Los Angeles is proud to be a three-time Olympics host and to be part of the Olympic movement, Gene Sykes, CEO of LA 2028, Los Angeles' Olympic organising committee.

"Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028 means we have 11 years of excitement and work ahead of us to promote youth sports programmes in the city of Los Angeles", said Los Angeles 2028 vice-chair Janet Evans.

Paris, with a Games budget of 6.8 billion euros ($8.09 billion), had failed with previous attempts to land the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

The presence of French President Emmanuel Macron, who also spoke on Wednesday in a video message, at the IOC's extraordinary session in July in Lausanne was seen as crucial in sealing the deal for the French capital for 2024.

The official Twitter account of the Olympics congratulated Paris and #Los Angeles as the future hosts of the much-anticipated sporting event.

They also helped decorate a garden planted by Games staff.


This will be the third time Los Angeles has hosted the Olympic Games; the city first hosted the Olympics in 1932, and then did so again in 1984, with athletic events taking place throughout Los Angeles and in venues across Southern California. "This historic double allocation is a 'win-win-win" situation for the city of Paris, the city of Los Angeles and the International Olympic Committee, ' said IOC president Thomas Bach.

It is the first time the International Olympic Committee has awarded a Games 11 years in advance.

"It is hard to understand from the National Hockey League side", Bach said on Friday at the IOC Session in Peru, adding that an agreement would have been "very favourable" for the National Hockey League.

Los Angeles also submitted their bid for the 2024 Games after Hamburg, Rome, and Budapest made a decision to withdraw, information from the official website said.

"I'm quite confident that we will have a very safe, very peaceful and harmonious Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang next year".

"As a three-time Olympics host, we intend to make sure that all of the participants feel that they are welcome and have a great experience with us", he added.



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