The Summer Olympics are an incredible display of grit, discipline, and athleticism that even non-sports fans can sink their teeth into, and on Friday the International Olympic Committee made a very unusual proposal for who should host the next two games after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the IOC’s executive board wants Los Angeles to host the 2024 Summer Games. This will be the California metropolis’ third time playing host following the 1932 and 1984 Games.
This would be the first time the U.S would host a Summer Games since the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Interestingly enough, the only other 2024 contender still in the race — Paris — is also being recommended by the IOC, but for the 2028 Games. It appears to be a move to ensure a capable host city in an era when construction costs for the Olympics are reaching well into the billions and scaring off contenders.
Paris last hosted the Olympics in 1924 and 1900 — the second ever Summer Games. Rome; Hamburg, Germany; and Budapest, Hungary all withdrew their bids for 2024.
Another interesting thing to note is that Paris would prefer the 2024 Games over the 2028 Games, and Los Angeles says it wouldn’t mind waiting until 2028. Those wishes go against the IOC’s recommendations, though.
Security will certainly be a concern in Paris with France experiencing numerous Islamic terror attacks in the past few years. A 2028 Olympics would give them 11 years to deal with the problem.
What do you think about this?