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LA reportedly lands 2028 Summer Olympics after replacing Boston as 2024 candidate

Dan Shulman
July 31, 2017 - 2:26 pm
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The Summer Olympics will be returning to the United States. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the city of Los Angeles has reached a deal to host the 2028 Olympic Games, marking the third time the city has hosted the games.

Los Angeles replaced Boston as the United States Olympic Committee's candidate city for the 2024 Olympics when the USOC and Boston 2024 issued a joint statement ending Boston's bid to host.

The bid was pulled in July 2015 due in part to low polling numbers among Boston residents, something the USOC wanted to see improve. A poll taken a week before the bid collapsed revealed 48 percent of city residents believed the Olympics would not benefit the city. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh also said he was uncomfortable agreeing to financial terms over the bid despite previously signing a letter confirming he would do so.

LA and Paris were tabbed to be the two cities in line to compete as hosts for the 2024 Olympics following Boston's withdrawal. Because both cities were seen as strong, ideal candidates, the International Olympic Committee made the decision to grant one the 2024 games and the other the 2028 Olympics.

According to the report, LA "would agree to go second if only because local bid officials expressed a willingness to consider the option," hence Paris getting 2024 and LA 2028. An announcement from the IOC regarding the selection of the two cities is expected late Monday afternoon. 

With the selection of Los Angeles as the 2028 host, it will be the first Olympics to be held in the United States since the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City and the first Summer Games in the U.S. since 1996 in Atlanta.