L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Confirms Talks to Host Olympics in 2028
The agreement would award Paris with the 2024 Games.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed Wednesday that he is currently in negotiations with the International Olympic Committee to defer the 2024 hosting duties to Paris in exchange for a 2028 bid for L.A. and funding for local youth sports by the IOC.
“As we’ve talked to the Olympics they’ve asked us to think about — both Paris and us — what would it take for us to consider one of us going first and the other going second," Garcetti said during a press conference. "My dream is not so much just to bring the Olympics here, but is to bring youth sports for free to every zip code."
Recent discussions within the IOC have highlighted the idea of, for the first time, awarding two consecutive Summer Games, with the presumed "runner-up" receiving the 2028 Games. The decision comes in light of the financial challenges plaguing recent host cities and a drop in bids during recent city competition cycles over cost concerns (Rome, Budapest, Boston and Hamburg have already pulled out).
Garcetti had previously advocated for the 2024 bid. "We’re eager, ready and excited to host 2024 and that is all we are focused on," the mayor told Inside the Games in January.
The mayor attended a private dinner with IOC members and notable L.A. movers and shakers at bid chairman Casey Wasserman's Beverly Hills home earlier this month.
Los Angeles last hosted the Olympics in 1984, the city's second time hosting (it was home to the 1932 Games).
The IOC is expected to announce a decision Sept. 13 when it meets in Lima, Peru.