LA And Paris Probably Will Be Awarded Olympic Games

Boston political and business leaders bailed on a 2024 Olympics bid due to costs and opposition.

 

 

There are those within the Olympic Movement that probably are hailing the decision to award the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics to either Los Angeles and Paris or Paris and Los Angeles at the International Olympic Committee’s vote in Peru in September. But the fact that the IOC has even considered the plan shows a major weakness. Very few cities and countries actually want the IOC’s big sports production and the IOC has decided it better take the two willing bidders and look to fight other battles for other Olympics. Cities and countries are not exactly banging down the doors in an attempt to land the 2026 Winter Olympics either. The IOC has washed its hands of the enormous debt racked up in Rio for the 2016 Olympics by telling Rio organizers too bad about the bills. Don’t look at us to help you. That attitude gives Olympic proponents have another quiver in the arsenal to shoot down an Olympics bid put forth by some politician or business leader who thinks having the event paid with taxpayers’ money is a good idea.

 

Los Angeles and Paris were the last cities standing in the 2024 bid. In Hungary, residents put the pressure on government officials asking for a vote on whether to proceed with an Olympics bid. Boston was the initial American entry in the 2024 Olympics ring but public polling showed an overwhelming sentiment against spending public money for the event and Boston dropped out. Hamburg, Germany voters said no and the Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi refused to support the bid. The IOC had just two cities angling for the 2022 Winter Olympics. The 2026 race for the Gold, the Winter Games, has gotten off to a stumbling start. St. Moritz, Switzerland voters have said no. Stockholm is out as is Quebec City and Lake Placid. It is getting harder to find an Olympics host.

 

Rio Olympics 2016

Los Angeles and Paris were the last cities standing in the 2024 bidding. In Hungary, residents put the pressure on government officials asking for a vote on whether to proceed with an Olympics bid. Boston was the initial American entry in the Olympics 2024 ring but public polling showed an overwhelming sentiment against spending public money for the event and Boston dropped out. Hamburg, Germany voters said no and the Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi refused to support the bid. The IOC had just two cities angling for the 2022 Winter Olympics. The 2026 race for the Gold, the Winter Games, has gotten off to a stumbling start. St. Moritz, Switzerland voters have said no. Stockholm is out as is Quebec City and Lake Placid. It is getting harder to find an Olympics host.

The Rio event was a financial disaster.

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