POSTED: July 11th 2017

Olympics: IOC gets closer to 2024/2028 awarding with historic unanimous vote

Spontaneously the two mayors bolted to the stage to thank the IOC for the allocation © IOC/Greg Martin
Spontaneously the two mayors bolted to the stage to thank the IOC for the allocation © IOC/Greg Martin

(L to R) Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, IOC President Thomas Bach and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti are all smiles © IOC/Greg Martin
(L to R) Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, IOC President Thomas Bach and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti are all smiles © IOC/Greg Martin

IOC session © IOC/Greg Martin
IOC session © IOC/Greg Martin

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Today the International Olympic Committee (IOC) unanimously voted to go forward with awarding the 2024 and 2028 Olympics during this 2024 campaign for the summer Olympics and Paralympics. Los Angeles and Paris are the two cities in the 2024 race and now the decision is in their hands to go back to the drawing board and work with the IOC for a tripartite agreement and see who will get 2024 and who will wait for 2028.

IOC Vice President John Coates was leading the group of vice presidents explained the situation to the members at the session today and underlined that this tripartite agreement was the only way forward and recommended that one of the cities "would put their hand up for 2028 and vacate the 2024 race" if they can agree to host 2028.

The IOC membership approved the following proposal:

"Recognising the exceptional circumstances and unique opportunities presented by the candidatures of Los Angeles and Paris for the Olympic Games 2024, the International Olympic Committee takes the following decision:

1. To authorise the IOC Executive Board to conclude a tripartite agreement with Los Angeles and Paris and their respective NOCs for the simultaneous election of the host cities of the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028 during the 131st IOC Session in Lima;

2. Should such tripartite agreement be concluded, the 131st IOC Session will ratify the tripartite agreement, thereby electing one city for the Olympic Games 2024 and the other city for the Olympic Games 2028. To that effect, the 130th IOC Session hereby waives the seven-year deadline set out in Rule 33.2 of the Olympic Charter; and

3. Should such tripartite agreement not be concluded, the 131st IOC Session will proceed with the election of the host city 2024 in accordance with the current election procedure."

If an agreement could not be reached then the IOC would have to go forward with a vote for 2024 at the upcoming Lima session and then 2028 would have to become an open race. Something that both mayors, Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles and Anne Hidalgo of Paris, don't want to happen they want to nail down the Games and work out the awarding now.

And they showed their dedication to collaborate after the unanimous vote Garcetti and Hidalgo leapt up on the stage and wanted to thank the entire IOC session and President Bach came to join them.

IOC President Thomas Bach said, "Ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for 11 years is something extraordinary.

"That is why we say this is a great day for the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement, and it's a great day also for these two wonderful cities, these two great Olympic cities," he added.

He remarked that it was only the second time he had been stunned into momentary silence by good news, the first being after he was elected IOC President in 2013.

Mayor Garcetti said, "In Olympic history there's only been 37 times in which there has been a tie for a gold medal. Maybe today is the 38th. For Los Angeles, it's a golden opportunity, one that we don't take lightly."

Mayor Hidalgo added, "I am fully committed with the Paris team to putting all my energy, our creativity and my resolve into reaching an agreement for Paris to experience once again this Olympic adventure that it has been longing for for 100 years."

French President Emmanuel Macron was also front and center supporting the Paris bid and presentation and had to leave prior to the vote but said, "We are ready to work with them on this 'win-win-win' approach."

A change to the Olympic Charter was not legally necessary and IOC President Thomas Bach said that the current chairman of the 2024 Evaluation Commission, Patrick Baumann, would handle a 2028 evaluation commission if they reached an agreement and they would have to go through a similar process for venue availability, budget, guarantees and so forth so the IOC could be sure that they had all that in place.

Bach said they would start work tonight over dinner discussions and that as soon as they have an agreement the better as Coates recommended that they get the evaluation commission report done by mid-August  so that it would give them one month to the designated vote day September 13th at the Lima session.

The tripartite negotiations would be handled by the IOC sports department which is under the leadership of Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games Executive Director, and Jacqueline Barrett, Deputy Director Olympic Games who is in charge of bid city relations.  

The next step is making the deal come through which is in the interest of all three parties.

**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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