The Wall Street Journal: Olympic hosting deal: Paris in 2024, Los Angeles in 2028

Officials in Los Angeles and leaders of the International Olympic Committee have reached a deal to bring the Summer Games to Southern California in 2028.

The deal comes after months of discussions between the two parties and will not be official until a vote by the IOC in September, which is considered a formality at this point. The talks moved forward after L.A. officials and the U.S. Olympic Committee signaled they would step back from the race against Paris for the 2024 Games in exchange for securing hosting rights for 2028.

Officials scheduled a news conference for late afternoon Monday in Los Angeles to announce the agreement. Talks between the parties accelerated in early July, after the full membership of the IOC approved a plan to award the 2024 and 2028 Games simultaneously at its upcoming meeting in September.

The IOC usually awards hosting rights to the Olympics seven years ahead of the Games. However, IOC President Thomas Bach didn’t want to lose either Paris or Los Angeles as a potential host city. Both cities and their respective national Olympic committees had indicated they were unlikely to bid again if they lost the current campaign.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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