Paris to host 2024 Olympics, 100 years since its last Games

IOC confirms Paris and Los Angeles as next Olympic Games hosts

The pre-ordained outcome did little to dampen celebrations inside the Lima Convention Centre, where Paris and Los Angeles officials cheered and congratulated each other.

President Emmanuel Macron says the award of the 2024 Olympics to Paris is a recognition of France's "image and values" in the world.

Los Angeles 2028 leaders were equally ecstatic. The words the Los Angeles mayor spoke told it another.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the "host city contract" immediately after the International Olympic Committee vote, promising the city government will serve as a financial backstop to pay off any debts should the estimated $5.3-billion sporting event run over budget, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Both cities are very enthusiastic about the Games and are promoting the Olympic spirit in a fantastic way", said Bach.

"I couldn't be more happy than I am right now", Bach said. We have two great winners in Paris and Los Angeles, and in the Olympic Olympic Movement and the athletes. As well as being the 100 anniversary of the last Paris Games, 2024 is also the centenary of the French Baseball and Softball Federation.

Olympic baseball and softball in Paris in 2024 would mark a significant milestone for the sports in France.

"Today I am delighted to invite you to join the great family of Parisians, a family which belongs to the world", Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.

In Paris, giant Olympic rings were unveiled in front of the Eiffel Tower just after the announcement was made as a small crowd celebrated in driving rain.

"Bringing the Olympics back home to LA gives us the chance to imagine what our city will look like a decade from now", said Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles.

Only two candidates checked all the boxes - Paris and Los Angeles, each with a storied tradition of Olympic hosting and an apparent understanding of Bach's much-touted reform package, known as Agenda 2020.

Hamburg, Rome, Budapest and Boston all fell by the wayside during the competition, reflecting the political difficulties in persuading voters that staging the Olympics is worth the multi-billion-dollar price tag.

Los Angeles has hosted the Games twice before - in 1984 and 1932. And the International Olympic Committee for transforming its unruly, tension-filled and sometimes corrupt bidding process into a history-making, two-city victory that secures the future of the Games for the next 11 years.

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