The Oasis Reporters
September 13, 2017
Olympic rings were wheeled into position in front of the Eiffel Tower before Wednesday’s announcement of the bid winners and Paris went gaga the moment it was announced that the city would host the 2024 Olympics.
Los Angeles was equally named as host for the 2028 summer Games by the International Olympic Committee.
Both cities had wanted to host the 2024 event, before LA agreed to wait an extra four years after the IOC made guarantees on funding.
It would be 100 years since it was last held in the French Capital, making it an emotional century for the lovely city. The Paris Games had made bids for 2008 and 2012 but didn’t scale the hurdle.
Los Angeles was host in 1932 and 1984 respectively.
Paris and Los Angeles had been the only two candidates for the 2024 Games after Hamburg, Rome and Budapest withdrew from the race.
The IOC voted in June to award the 2028 Games at the same time as 2024.
The Californian city wanted the earlier Games because of its readiness to host while Paris said its prospective site for the Games would not be available for redevelopment after 2024.
The bids presentations were made at the 131st IOC Session in Lima, Peru, before the IOC voted to formally confirm the announcements.
As part of the Paris presentation Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to the IOC members via video link.
“This is a win-win-win situation for Paris, Los Angeles and the entire Olympic Movement,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.
The Olympic Games started in ancient Greece for the Island nation and was promoted to the international level as civilization grew with the world becoming a global community.
Nigeria has had the privilege of hosting the Junior World Football Cup competition for Under 21 Age grade. But how soon would it be a host to the International Olympics?
Only time will tell.