The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board has approved the awarding of both the 2024 and 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games later this year.
Only two cities, Paris and Los Angeles, are left in the race for 2024 after Budapest, Hamburg and Rome withdrew because of financial concerns – prompting IOC President Thomas Bach to say there have been “too many losers” under the current system and order a review of the bidding process.
Confirmation of the legality of awarding two Games simultaneously was announced by Bach after a meeting of the IOC Board in Lausanne. It will now be put forward to IOC members for discussion and vote at an Extraordinary IOC Session on July 11-12 in Lausanne.
If passed by the members, Paris and Los Angeles will be officially announced as the host cities for 2024 and 2028 at the 130th IOC Session in Lima, Peru in September.
Which city hosts which Games remains to be seen. On Wednesday Casey Wasserman, bid leader for Los Angeles, appeared to concede the 2024 Games to Paris when he said: “We have never been only about 2024” – though a spokesman later said the US city was still keen to stage those Games, but was also open to hosting them four years later.
The 2024 Games will be the first to have human rights principles incorporated into its Host City Contract.
The revised contract was developed by the IOC with recommendations from the Sport and Rights Alliance (SRA), a coalition of leading rights, transparency, and athletes’ organisations of which Terre des Hommes is a member.
The amendments mark the latest step in a long campaign by the SRA, which has campaigned for several years for “rights-respecting Olympic bids” because of the widespread human rights abuses linked to past Olympics such as Rio 2016, Beijing 2008 and the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
Meanwhile at the meeting in Lausanne, Bach also announced the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be “more youthful, more urban and will include more women”.
New events to the programme include athletics and swimming mixed relay competitions, male and female BMX freestyle and 3×3 basketball, plus new mixed events in judo, table tennis, archery, triathlon, fencing and cycling – meaning that a total of 48.8% of competitors at Tokyo will be female – a new record.
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori said: “With the new events confirmed, and with the five new sports and 18 new events that were added last year, I believe that the Olympic Games have become much closer to President Bach’s vision, which is for a Games more appealing to young people.”