1 Aug 2017

Olympics deal for Paris and LA

6:37 am on 1 August 2017

Los Angeles is tipped to host the 2028 Summer Olympics in a deal that paves the way for Paris to host the 2024 Games.

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An announcement from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is expected later today.

A report in the Los Angeles Times cited an unnamed source close to the negotiation as saying a deal had been struck between the city and the IOC.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office said he and other backers of the city's bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games would make an announcement to the news media later today.

A formal announcement about which city would host and when was not expected until September when the IOC is set to meet in September in Lima, Peru.

Los Angeles - the site of the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984 - had argued that it could host a low-cost Olympics given that it already has all the necessary infrastructure in place, while Paris would need to build several expensive structures.

But recent bids by Paris had been passed over, and many felt the French capital was due to get the nod for the 2024 Games, which will mark 100 years since the last time it hosted a Games.

Garcetti has said that while Los Angeles would prefer to host the Games in 2024, it was not outright opposed to hosting in 2028 instead.

"An Olympic win is an Olympic win," Garcetti told Reuters in May when the city hosted an IOC inspection committee.

-Reuters