The Summer Olympics are coming to Hollywood... in 2028

Rachel Babbage
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From Digital Spy

Hollywood is set for a sporting blockbuster in 2028 with the Olympics heading to Los Angeles.

The International Olympics Committee announced the news in Peru today that LA would host the summer Games in eleven years' time, with Paris hosting the Games in 2024 (via NBC).

It will mark the third time the American city has had the Olympics, following events in 1932 and 1984, and also the third occasion for Paris.

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Los Angeles had initially put itself forward for the 2024 Games but was awarded the next session after an agreement was reached with IOC, leading to the lighting of the cauldron at LA Memorial Coliseum early on Wednesday morning.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said: "This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States. For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels.

"LA loves the Olympics because the Games have lifted up our city twice before. But to us the Games have always represented an even brighter future and the chance to harness the power of sport and the Olympic Movement again to inspire the next generation – for the next 11 years and beyond."

Paris last hosted in 1924, so the 2024 Games will also mark that session's centenary.

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It has been a long road for LA to be named, after initially competing with Boston, San Francisco and Washington DC to be America's official bid city for the 2024 Games before losing to Boston in 2015.

But Boston ended up dropping out after local opposition and LA returned to the fold.

After entering the contest for 2024 along with Paris, Hamburg, Rome and Budapest, one by one the cities dropped out, leaving Paris and LA to fight it out.

So one way or another, both have been named as hosts so everyone's a winner!

And at least we've got enough time to start training for that gold medal....

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