POSTED: June 9th 2017

Olympics: IOC Executive Board unanimously approves 2024/2028 awarding for Los Angeles and Paris

IOC President Thomas Bach and Mark Adams IOC Spokesman © IOC/Philippe Woods
IOC President Thomas Bach and Mark Adams IOC Spokesman © IOC/Philippe Woods

The IOC EB meeting © IOC/Philippe Woods
The IOC EB meeting © IOC/Philippe Woods

The Executive Board © IOC/Philippe Woods
The Executive Board © IOC/Philippe Woods

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The IOC Executive Board (EB) took a historic step today by unanimously pushing forward the allocation plan for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The four IOC vice-presidents presented a report on their findings after a feasibility study into the potential of the plan and how to deal with two stellar cities Los Angeles and Paris vying for the 2024 Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach confirmed in a press conference today, "The IOC Executive Board today has unanimously approved the recommendation of the Working Group to award the Games of 2024 and 2028 at the same time. 

"This principle will now be put forward to the IOC members for discussion and vote. For this purpose the IOC EB has called for an extraordinary assembly session on July 11 and 12th here in Lausanne where this recommendation by the EB will be discussed by the full membership and be voted on.

"This was about the opportunities we are having in the IOC but we have also challenges and these have been addressed. As far as the Olympic candidature procedure is concerned, here we have discussed the evolution of the Olympic candidature procedure with the Olympic winter Games of 2026.

"There were in principle two reasons why the EB thinks a change is necessary, there is one external and one more internal.

"The external one being the change in the decision making procedure in the politics in many western countries. Still five years ago we would look at a candidature and we would see the government is supporting this candidature, the opposition is supporting this candidature, the sports organizations are supporting the candidature, the business community is supporting this candidature and we would be very pleased. And then say this candidature has broad public support.

"And there in many western countries and particularly in Europe, has changed dramatically. If now the people are seeing or hearing that the government, the opposition, the sports organizations, and the business community are united behind one project, they are getting suspicious. They are saying if all these establishment people are united behind one project there must be something wrong.

"This must be about putting our money in their pockets, this is very suspicious if the establishment there is really united.

"This change in the attitude we could complain about it, but we should not ignore it. We should even less ignore it because there this is the internal part we are giving some arguments for this skepticism.

"To put it in a nutshell the candidature procedure for this world we are living in become too expensive and too honorous for the candidate cities or the potential candidate cities and this way we are producing too many losers.

"Therefore the IOC EB today has established some key principles which should lead to an evolution of the candidature procedure.  The first of these is that the IOC will be more proactive in assisting and supporting cities already at the stage that are only considering a candidature.

"The IOC will customize its approach to the needs of the cities in order to develop together the best value proposition for the cities and the Games.

"There will be an increased participation of the IOC membership in this procedure from the very beginning. All these will lead to a lighter process for the cities with reduced costs. Because the IOC's assistance to potential candidate cities will be for free that means they do not need to refer to any kind of experts or expertise they can get all the experts at the source of it at the IOC for free.

"There will be a reduction of the candidature period from almost two years to one year. This means less staff and less expense for the candidate cities and these and other measures will lead to significant cost reductions in the candidature procedure. Also these principles and these proposals will be put forward to the Extraordinary IOC Session on the 11th and 12th of July here in Lausanne," he concluded his opening statement.

Meetings took place over the past two days at the temporary home of the IOC in Pully while the new headquarters is being built.

President Bach also confirmed that the IOC Olympic Charter did not need to be changed to carry out the double awarding of two editions of the Games.

Paris 2024 issued a statement after the press conference: "Paris 2024 welcomes today's decision by the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee to review bidding processes and also organise an Extraordinary Session of the IOC in Lausanne in July.

"We believe that the IOC is acting in the best interests of the Olympic Movement and the future of the Games in taking these steps. 

"Paris 2024 remains totally focused on preparing its presentation to the Lausanne meeting where we will have an opportunity to present to all the IOC Members our proposal for centenary Games of passion and purpose.

"We are proud to represent the City of Light and to promote a plan, in partnership with the IOC, all the key stakeholders and the people of Paris and France, that would deliver Games of wonderful celebration and genuine legacy. 

"We continue to work hard to win the support of IOC Members and the broader sports family for a Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games based on that vision."

Following LA 2024 did the same:

"We welcome the IOC Executive Board's decision to recognize two excellent bids from two of the world's greatest cities. With no new permanent venues to build and unwavering public support, Los Angeles is an eternal Olympic city and ideal partner for the IOC.

"We look forward to sharing our unique story with the IOC membership in July and working together to offer the best path forward for our city and the Olympic Movement's future." - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman.

Next month will bring the next chapter in the changes of the IOC Bidding process. 

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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