Olympic Committee mulls hosts of 2024 and 2028 summer games

Olympic Committee mulls hosts of 2024 and 2028 summer games

Today, the International Olympic Committee will decide whether to award the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics simultaneously for the first

Photo: Jamie Square/Getty

Photo: Jamie Square/Getty

Today, the International Olympic Committee will decide whether to award the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics simultaneously for the first time.

While it’s no secret that Paris and Los Angeles will be awarded the Games, it’s uncertain which will be the host in 2024 and which in 2028. The official awarding ceremony will take place on September 13.

The fact that Los Angeles and Paris have no competition—hopefuls Boston and Hamburg backed out in 2015 due to public pressure—is evidence of growing disillusionment with hosting the games. Massive cost overruns have become synonymous with hosting large international events like the Olympics. The 2004 Athens Olympics cost more than twice as much as initially planned for and contributed to Greece sliding into financial crisis.

Amid this public sentiment, it’s understandable that IOC President Thomas Bach wants both Los Angeles and Paris to feel like winners, although this may not last.