After three failed attempts and 12 years after the loss to the London bid in 2005, Paris has finally obtain the Olympic Games it has wanted. This ends a serie of unsuccessful bids by Paris after they tried to host the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that the French capital would host the 2024 Olympics, while Los Angeles was awarded the 2028 Games. At the 131st IOC Session in Lima, Peru, both campaign teams summarized their bids in presentations. The IOC then voted to formally confirm the announcements.
The United States will finally host a Summer Games after failed bids by New York for 2012 and Chicago for 2016. The last American city to host the Summer Games was Atlanta in 1996. For Paris, however, the wait has been of a more considerable length. The city last held the Olympics in 1924, meaning 2024 will mark the 100-year anniversary of its previous hosting. Paris will become the second city to hold three separate Summer Games, after London and before Los Angeles.
“This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States. For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels. LA loves the OIympics because the Games have lifted up our city twice before. But to us the Games have always represented an even brighter future and the chance to harness the power of sport and the Olympic Movement again to inspire the next generation – for the next 11 years and beyond.” - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
"This is a win-win-win situation for Paris, Los Angeles and the entire Olympic Movement," -Thomas Bach, IOC President.
With the two teams -- the final contestants of an initial six-strong field -- having already agreed to split the 2024 and 2028 Games, there was none of the usual pre-announcement nerves and tension.
In unusual circumstances, the IOC announced two host cities at the same event, with Bach calling it a "golden opportunity" to award two Games simultaneously.
Both cities believe that due to infrastructure and venues that are already in place, they can avoid the rising costs of hosting the Olympics. Throughout the bidding process, Los Angeles noted that 97% of proposed venues for their Games already exist or would be temporarily set up.
WSF President Jacques Fontaine reacted to this announcement :
"On behalf of the WSF, I want to congratulate France and Paris for obtaining the right to host the 2024 Olympic Games. Today squash is at a turning point and we must seize this opportunity in order to boost our sport's visibility and development.
All of our sport's energies must collide into one common goal : be part of the 2024 Olympic Program.
For every squash athletes and actors in the world, entering the Olympics is an amazing way of securing our development and our future. "