SoCal it is!
In an announcement this week, Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, shared the news that L.A. will be hosting the 2028 Summer Olympics. The city reached a deal with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as part of a “dual award,” in which two cities were announced for two upcoming Olympic Games: L.A. for 2028 and Paris for 2024.
“I am proud to announce that the Olympic Games are coming back to the United States of America,” Garcetti said at an event announcing the news. “[In] 2028, we’re bringing the Games back to L.A., one of the great capitals of this Olympic movement. A city that has always been a Games changer. And will be again in 2028.”
Los Angeles: Bringing the Olympics Back to America
The 2028 Games will be the first in the U.S. since the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Los Angeles had initially been pushing to host the 2024 Games, but with this week’s announcement, both major cities will be seeing their hosting dreams come true. (Paris had been unsuccessful in three previous attempts to host upcoming Games.)
The IOC is an international organization that works with Olympic Committees in countries around the world to put on the Games and also maintain and develop the “Olympic Movement,” which aims to “contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind, in a spirit of friendship, solidarity, and fair play.”
In a statement, the president of the IOC, Thomas Bach, said, “The IOC welcomes this decision of the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic bid committee. They presented a strong and enthusiastic candidature that embraces the Olympic Agenda 2020 sustainability priorities by incorporating existing facilities and encouraging the engagement of more youth in the Olympic Movement.”
As Los Angeles and Paris gear up for their hosting duties, PyeongChang, South Korea, is up next in 2018, when it will host the Winter Games, followed by the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.