The International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted unanimously on Wednesday to officially award Los Angeles as the host city for the 2028 Summer Olympics, as well as for Paris to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. This is the first time since 1996 in Atlanta that the Summer Olympics will take place in the U.S. It will be the first time since 1984 that the Summer Olympics will take place in the City of Angels, which hosted the Games as well in 1932.
This past July, Los Angeles had signed a deal with the IOC to host the 2028 Games, making Wednesday’s voting results in Lima, Peru inevitable. In its final presentation to the IOC, Los Angeles said it hopes to deliver a “New Games for a New Era” by using its resources to create a low-risk, fiscally responsible, and sustainable Olympic Games.
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“This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels. LA loves the Olympics because the Games have lifted up our city twice before.”
Having received supported from the city, the state of California, and the U.S., Los Angeles and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) bid was launched in September 2015. According to the contract signed, the host city will be able to invest up to $160 million to increase youth sports access and participation in Los Angeles. It also provides Los Angeles with an IOC contribution of $2 billion.