Paris and Los Angeles confirmed as Olympic hosts
Paris and Los Angeles celebrated their coronation as host cities for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics respectively, delivering a jolt of good news for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as it battles escalating corruption allegations.
In a drama-free conclusion to a three-year bidding race, IOC members voted unanimously to rubber-stamp a deal hashed out in July for Paris to be given 2024 and Los Angeles 2028.
The pre-ordained outcome did little to dampen celebrations inside the Lima Convention Centre in Peru, where Paris and Los Angeles officials cheered and congratulated each other.
IOC President Thomas Bach - a driving force behind the decision to confirm 2024 and 2028 at the same time - hailed it as a "win-win-win".
French President Emmanuel Macron called it a "victory for France. - AFP