Paris and Los Angeles confirmed as Olympics hosts in 2024 and 2028

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In her speech to the International Olympic Committee, the mayor who has been a driving force behind Paris' bid said the city and Los Angeles - which is getting the 2028 Games - want to "inspire as many cities as possible" to follow their lead.

The evaluation commission signed off on those Monday, saying that although details need to be finalized, it is confident LA can host in 2028.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach will visit LA at the end of the week, four days after the International Olympic Committee session in Lima ratifies the decisions for 2024 and 2028 on Wednesday.

LA, meanwhile, gets the certainty of a Games without a bidding contest and early access to at least €2 billion in shared revenue to kick-start its legacy plans 11 years early. Only four have remained to the vote.

While historic, the decision has precedent. Over the course of 2015 and 2016, however, Hamburg, Rome and Budapest removed themselves from consideration for various reasons, leaving L.A. and Paris as the only two cities in the running to host the 2024 Games.

Those Games are part of Los Angeles's long Olympic history.

Paris' lone stadium that will be built just for the Games is a brand new aquatics center that will host all swimming and diving events-where a 27-year-old Katie Ledecky could still be adding to an already-impressive medal haul in her career.

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It was two years ago that L.A.'s effort appeared to be over after the city lost to Boston in a competition to become the sole American bidder.

The city's quest to host its third Games has been filled with plenty of twists and turns. Peter Ueberroth set the model for a modern Games, turning a profit that funded the LA 84 Foundation, which has been funding youth sports programs since. "And I think we have a chance to do that again".

"This is the moment Angelenos have been waiting for since we began our work to bring the Games back to Los Angeles, " L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said over the weekend before leaving for Peru.

It says the two cities have "put together very inspiring projects".

“We think the result is extraordinary, ” Los Angeles 2028 bid chief Casey Wasserman told AFP.

"Many times every city is working so hard.to build the infrastructure, they can't think about the environment, they can't think about the economy, they can't think about the health of their people".

"For the first time in a generation, we're going to bring you an Olympics home".

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