IOC Makes It Official: Stage Set for LA to Host 2028 Olympics

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach downplayed security fears surrounding the 2018 Winter Olympics on Monday following the recent escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Many host cities, including Athens 2004 and Rio de Janeiro past year, struggled to get ready in time for the Olympics and had to race to complete the venues, leading to higher costs and allegations of corruption in awarding contracts quickly.

Paris will now host the 2024 Summer Games followed by Los Angeles in 2028.

"Speaking now about different scenarios for the Olympic winter Games would send the wrong message", he told at the opening of the IOC session in the Peruvian capital. We're very, very excited about it and I'm excited to be a part of that team.

Bid Chair Casey Wasserman said on his way into the theatre "I'm more excited, more nervous and I think tomorrow afternoon more relieved".

Vice Chair Janet Evans said "I have practiced my lines [for Wednesday's presentation], we're not totally nervous because we kind of know what the results are going to be".

"This city is in love with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and we can not wait to share our celebration and gratitude with President Bach", he added.

"It's a big win and we are here to really enjoy it", said Paris 2024 bid co-chief Tony Estanguet, reflecting the triumphant mood among the French delegation as Wednesday's vote neared.

In Los Angeles on Tuesday and Wednesday nights iconic Los Angeles landmarks and buildings across the city will light up to support LA 2028, including venues in past U.S. Olympic cities Lake Placid, Squaw Valley and St. Louis. "By law I can't be mayor in 2028 but I will be a resident of Los Angeles and I'm excited to see what I can bring to the city".

The allegations swirling around Rio's bid revived memories of the Salt Lake City bribery scandal, which led to 20 International Olympic Committee members being either kicked out of the Olympics' ruling body or pleading guilty to accepting bribes for votes.

The IOC Session will continue until Saturday and cover several issues that Bach touched on in his remarks.