Paris Formally Named to Host Olympics and Paralympics in 2024, Los Angeles in 2028

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Paris formally awarded Olympic Games for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028. IOC President Thomas Bach (center) with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

LIMA, Peru, Sept. 13, 2017–Paris was formally awarded the Olympics and Paralympics for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028 in the first dual selection of successive Games.

Confirmation of the two cities to host the world’s major–and typically the most expensive–single sports event came Wednesday in an unanimous vote at the International Olympic Committee Session here. But the result was no surprise after lengthy efforts over the past year to engineer the outcome following a growing number of cities dropping prospective bids with taxpayers concerned over costs.

The specific lineups of sports for the two Olympics was not immediately confirmed but the bids by both Paris and Los Angeles included proposed venues for equestrian.

The 2020 Games in Tokyo will include the three long time Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and jumping.

The selection of the two cities was surrounded by contrasting reactions–Paris the scene of an estimated quarter-million demonstrators protesting proposed changes to labor laws and Los Angeles by the colorful lighting up of landmark buildings and stadiums in the city.

Paris previously hosted the Olympics in 1900 and 1924 and Los Angeles in 1932 and 1984.