The likelihood of the International Olympic Committee awarding both the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games later this year continued to gain momentum Friday.
In the clearest sign yet that Los Angeles could be assured in the coming months of hosting a third Olympic Games, the IOC announced that a working group studying the 2024/2028 issues will present a report to the IOC executive board at a June 9 special meeting at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
IOC president Thomas Bach has been pushing the 2024/2028 plan and appointed the working group of the IOC’s four vice presidents in March to study the idea.
“All the options are on the table and this includes also the 2024/28 procedure and vote,” Bach said.
Los Angeles 2024 chairman Casey Wasserman said last week that local officials could receive an update as early as this month on the results of IOC vice presidents’ study. IOC vice president Dr. Ugur Erdener is an evaluation commission member and was part of the Los Angeles trip.
The IOC 2024 host city evaluation commission will regroup at IOC headquarters later this month to complete their final assessment of the 2024 candidates and is scheduled to release a final report on the bids July 5.
The evaluation commission will meet with the IOC during a July 11-12 meeting at which Los Angeles and Paris will also make presentations. The vice presidents are also expected to report their findings on the 2024/2028 issue at those same meetings.
“We are in a very fortunate moment in time in the history of bids for the Olympic Games. In Los Angeles and Paris we have two excellent cities,” Baumann said, the secretary general of FIBA, basketball’s worldwide governing body.
The 2024 host city is scheduled to be selected on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru.
IOC officials briefed both Los Angeles and Paris bid officials about the 2024/2028 possibility at the Sport Accord conference in Aarhus, Denmark in April.
“The IOC sat down with both cities in Denmark at Sport Accord to explain the process they were going to go through,” Wasserman said. “I would expect sometime later in May or early June would be the time when they would be able to come back to us. But they just had the initial conversation with us.”
While continuing to insist that their focus is on landing the 2024 Games, Wasserman and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said they are open to continuing the 2024/2028 dialogue with the IOC.
“I think any city would have to look at the terms of the rule change, what a 2028 award means,” Garcetti said. “But I’m a little unorthodox about this. I know Paris has at times said ‘No, it’s ’24 or nothing.’ I really do believe in this movement. I will look at that at any given time. Our (bid) committee will look at that at any given time if the rules change.
“But I look at that as much for Paris as I look at it for L.A. That if you can create winners and instead of so many losers, that’s good for the movement. And as I think the Olympic…