Global rugby family celebrates IOC Olympic Games programme decision

Global rugby family celebrates IOC Olympic Games programme decision

Global rugby family celebrates IOC Olympic Games programme decision

"The 2028 Olympics have already begun to have a positive impact on children and communities across Los Angeles and we're excited for what comes next".

The Olympic Arena here was lit up to celebrate Los Angeles being selected to host the 2028 Olympics.

IOC President Thomas Bach embraced both cities' mayors on stage after a unanimous show of hands by IOC members ratified the awards.

They are looking into allegations of purchasing of votes by members of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC) to ensure Rio would be picked as a host city by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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Vladimir Andreff, a sports economist at Paris' Sorbonne university, described Olympic budget inflation as "the curse of winning an auction". This paved the way for Paris as the sole 2024 bidder to win the Games unopposed.

The decision, taken by the IOC membership at the IOC Session in Lima today, ratifies the earlier recommendation of the IOC Executive Board and is another compelling endorsement of rugby sevens, which made a spectacular debut at Rio 2016.

Paris, with a total Games budget of $8.09 billion, had failed with previous attempts to land the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

The Olympic Center and the 1980 Olympic Cauldron were illuminated in the colors of LA's iconic sunsets, while the marque displayed the LA 2028 logo to mark the return of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to the "City of Angels".

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Both Paris's bid co-chair Tony Estanguet and LA bid chairman Casey Wasserman are to stay on and lead the host cities' preparations, mayors Anne Hidalgo and Garcetti confirmed in a news conference after the announcement.

Thomas Bach said the International Olympic Committee will continue to appeal for diplomatic solutions to the problems, and that it is monitoring deliberations in the U.N. Security Council, which on Friday condemned the North Korean test.

"I find it very hard to imagine that the bill for 2024 will be below that for Athens and London", he said.

Los Angeles had to wait until 1932 - the 10th Games - to be the host city.

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SNCF has announced it is proud of Paris' successful bid to host the 2024 Olympics, and looks forward to the unique celebration of sport that the Olympics represents. It means fans will see their favorite golfers compete again for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as well as four years later in Paris.

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