Olympic leaders recommend both L.A. and Paris be awarded Summer Games

The International Olympic Committee’s executive board recommended Friday that both cities in the 2024 host competition — Los Angeles and Paris — be awarded the Summer Games.

The unusual proposal, which would have one city getting 2024 and the other getting 2028, must still be approved by membership at a mid-July vote.

The IOC has seemed eager to make this move at a time when many potential hosts are shying away, frightened by the billions of dollars required to stage the Games.

With two strong candidates in L.A. and Paris, the Olympic movement can lock up summer locations for the next decade while pursuing changes to make hosting more attractive and affordable.

Paris has pushed back against the idea of accepting 2028, insisting that key elements of its bid, including the construction of an expensive athletes village, cannot be postponed.

LA 2024 leaders, who have based their plan on the use of existing facilities, have said repeatedly that they would be willing to consider going second.

Accepting the 2028 Olympics might give the city leverage to negotiate a better deal, asking for a bigger slice of IOC revenues and other concessions.

david.wharton@latimes.com

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