IOC’s decision to reward both Paris and L.A. called a ‘win, win, win’ for the Olympic movement, but will it extend past 2028?

The applause was still echoing through Auditorium A in Lausanne’s SwissTech Convention Centre Tuesday afternoon in the wake of the International Olympic Committee’s historic decision to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games this year as Los Angeles and Paris mayors Eric Garcetti and Anne Hidalgo unexpectedly approached the room’s stage down a side aisle arms raised, their hands clasped together.

“We just wanted to say thank you,” Garcetti said to IOC president Thomas Bach sitting center stage.

The gesture seemed to overwhelm Bach.

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