The statement coming out of Paris this week did not seem to leave much wiggle room.
With the French capital competing against Los Angeles to host the Summer Games, bid leaders appeared to shoot down a proposal by Olympic leaders to name two winners — one for 2024 and the other for 2028.
“We can’t accept ’28,” Tony Estanguet, the Paris 2024 co-chairman, told reporters. “It’s not possible.”
Nothing in this bidding cycle has been simple or straightforward.
The Olympic movement has reached a crisis as cities around the world shy away from bidding for the Games, concerned about the enormous costs involved.
Los Angeles and Paris arguably possess the resources...