LA to Host 2028 Summer Olympics

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Posted: Jul 31, 2017 5:30 PM
LA to Host 2028 Summer Olympics

It's been decided: Los Angeles will play host to the 2028 Summer Olympics, it was announced on Monday. While Los Angeles originally put in a bid to host the 2024 games, the IOC said earlier this month that Paris and Los Angeles would be awarded the 2024 or 2028 games, with a final decision coming at a later date. Paris and Los Angeles were the final two cities remaining in the bidding process for the 2024 games, with every other city withdrawing their bids. 

The IOC welcomes this decision of the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Candidature Committee, and we are pleased to release the Host City contract 2028 in a transparent and timely manner."

This announcement means that Paris will host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Paris last hosted the Olympics in 1924, and also hosted the 1900 games. Paris is the first city to host three separate Olympic Games.

Los Angeles has also formally announced their bid to host the 2028 games, which seems like more of a formality than anything else. 

Unlike past Olympic cities (looking at you, Athens and Beijing), the majority of the proposed venues that will be used during the 2028 Summer Olympics have already been built. Los Angeles previously hosted the 1984 Summer Olympics, which was boycotted by 14 communist countries. 

Monday's announcement marks the first time the United States has hosted the Olympic games since 2002, when Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics, and the first time the United States has hosted the Summer Olympics since the 1996 games in Atlanta. 

The Olympics do not come without controversy, with many people bemoaning the effect the games will have on Los Angeles' already-terrible traffic. 

Also--it looks as though Donald Trump was right after all.