Los Angeles is all but assured of an Olympics in the not-too-distant future after a decision by the International Olympic Committee’s executive board June 9 to award the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games at the same time later this year. That effectively guarantees that Paris and Los Angeles, the only cities still vying for the 2024 event, will each win hosting honors.
The full committee will vote on the proposal July 11 and 12 with a final vote expected in September.
Financial and environmental issues have made hosting the Games less appealing in recent years, resulting in a shortage of bids. Budapest, Rome, and Hamburg, Germany, withdrew bids for the 2024 Games, mostly because of local opposition related to financial concerns. Los Angeles entered the bidding only as a late replacement for Boston after that city canceled its bid in 2015 after broad public displeasure.
Paris is favored to win the 2024 Games, which would mark the centennial of its last successful bid.
Los Angeles has presented itself as being in a sort of perpetual readiness to accommodate the Games, which it hosted in 1984 and 1932. Much of the necessary infrastructure and several stadiums and arenas are in place, the city says, and the bid has 88 percent support from the public, according to a Loyola Marymount University poll conducted earlier this year.
Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research is one of three Olympic studies centers in the country. It is recognized as an International Olympic Studies Centre by the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Studies Centre and the United States Olympic Committee.
The center hosted the 2017 North…