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Paris emerges as favourite for 2024 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has agreed to award the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028 at the same time.

Paris and Los Angeles are both bidding to host the event in 2024, with the city that loses out set to be awarded the 2028 Games. Paris seems to be emerging as favourite to host the 2024 edition.

Paris has said it has to go first as the site it has earmarked for the Olympic Village will not be available for redevelopment after 2024.

Announcing the joint award decision, the IOC said:

Recognising the exceptional circumstances and unique opportunities presented by the candidatures of Los Angeles and Paris for the Olympic Games 2024, the International Olympic Committee takes the following decision…to authorise the IOC Executive Board to conclude a tripartite agreement with Los Angeles and Paris and their respective NOCs for the simultaneous election of the host cities of the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028 during the 131st IOC Session in Lima.

The IOC said that should a tripartite agreement not be reached between them, Paris and Los Angeles, the 131st IOC Session will proceed with the election of the host city 2024 in accordance with the current election procedure.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo have signalled their desire to reach an agreement.

The two mayors said they were eager to start their discussions over which city would go first and expressed confidence that they can reach an agreement.

Kashima Stadium

Meanwhile, the organisers of Tokyo 2020 have confirmed the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium as a venue for the football competition at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Located in Kashima City, Ibaraki Prefecture, the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium is one of the top football stadiums in Japan.

The venue, which is known for its dynamic atmosphere, was damaged during the 2011 earthquake, but is again fully operational following assistance from FIFA and various stakeholders.

And the Tokyo 2020 organising committee have also said the main Olympic stadium could be pulled as a soccer venue for the 2020 Games over concerns of a crowded schedule.

Tokyo, 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said the new National Stadium, which is currently under construction, may not be used for football if scheduling becomes too complex.

Image: IOC Session Press Conference with IOC President, Thomas Bach, 11th July 2017, Lausanne (Copyright: IOC/Christophe Mortal)