The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday agreed to award the 2024 and 2028 Games at the same time, effectively guaranteeing that Paris and Los Angeles will be the hosts. The French capital is heavily favoured to stage 2024, with the California metropolis having hinted that it was prepared to wait four more years. The two cities were the remaining candidates for the 2024 Olympics, a contest that IOC boss Thomas Bach said created "a golden opportunity".
The Olympic movement has had increasing trouble attracting prospective hosts given the soaring costs and taxpayer support needed to put on the Games.
Paris and Los Angeles mounted progressive, exemplary bids that would trim costs by using existing facilities, the IOC said, making clear that it did not want to reject either candidate.
Bach lobbied for a double hosting plan, which won unanimous approval from IOC members at a meeting Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland.
With the deal in place, the IOC now has a two-month window to negotiate with Paris and Los Angeles over which city will go first.
Bach said he wants a "tripartite agreement" before the IOC's main annual meeting in Peru's capital Lima on September 13, when a vote on the 2024 host had been scheduled.
Delegations from the two cities -- led by French President Emmanuel Macron and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti -- were in Lausanne to make fresh pitches to IOC voters...