It may have taken three consecutive attempts, but Paris has finally been unveiled as the host city for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024, seeing off competition from Hamburg, Rome, Budapest, and Los Angeles—the sprawling US city handed the 2028 sporting event instead.
Twice the French capital has found itself sweating and bruised on the Olympic Committee canvas, the bidding arms of Beijing and London raised in victory by the 2008 and 2012 judges respectively. But now the city will put on beach volleyball beneath the Eiffel Tower, cycling along the Champs-Élysées and fencing and taekwondo in the Grand Palais as La Ville-Lumière’s most iconic architecture is repurposed for the world’s foremost sports competition.
Paris, which has been ramping up its environmental efforts recently, will only create three venues from scratch in an attempt to keep the Games as green as possible. Instead, water sports will take place on the River Seine and equestrian events amongst the pomp and grandiosity of the monumental Château de Versailles. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will take place in the national stadium, the Stade de France.
Coincidentally, it will be exactly a century since the French capital last held to Summer Olympics back in 1924. Paris will also become the second city to host the Games for a third time after London. Organisers hope to beam over 100,000 hours of live sports around the world. The announcement of Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 happened at the same time. Speaking about the news, the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said the votes for both cities were ‘unanimous’. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo added, ‘Paris and Los Angeles are two amazing global cities that are united in their support of the Olympic cause and we stand together now to help the Games thrive in 2024 and 2028.’