International Olympic Committee: N.Korea Crisis So Far No Threat to Pyeongchang Olympics

Sep 14, 2017, 01:11
International Olympic Committee: N.Korea Crisis So Far No Threat to Pyeongchang Olympics

Paris will now host the 2024 Summer Games followed by Los Angeles in 2028.

The IOC stripped Lamine Diack, the former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), of his IOC honorary membership in November 2015 when evidence was produced, indicating that he and his son, Papa Massata Diack were involved in a scandal for receiving payments in return for votes "over the designation of host cities for the biggest global sporting events".

Johnson won the double of 200 and 400 metre gold the last time the Olympics were held in the United States, in Atlanta in 1996, and he believes LA - which played host in 1984 - will put on a great show.

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"The almost 50 landmarks and buildings glowing in LA 2028 colors show how excited our city and our country are to bring the Games back and underscore the spectacular setting that Los Angeles offers for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028", LA 2028 chief executive officer Gene Sykes said in a statement. "By law I can't be mayor in 2028 but I will be a resident of Los Angeles and I'm excited to see what I can bring to the city".

Los Angeles and Paris, whose bids emphasise a high level of venue readiness, both wowed the IOC's Evaluation Commission during back-to-back visits in May.

Bid Chair Casey Wasserman said on his way into the theatre "I'm more excited, more nervous and I think tomorrow afternoon more relieved". Past Olympic hosts had seven years to prepare from when they were awarded the Games to their staging, compared to LA's 11.

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Lee Hee-Beom, the president of the 2018 Winter Games organising committee, later said he was confident of delivering "perfect security" for the Games, admitting no contingency plans had been drawn up.

Earlier in the day French basketball Olympic medalist Emmeline Ndongue told GamesBids.com she was anxious about Wednesday even though the results are already known, she said "I'm excited, I'm really, really excited". "I was fortunate, very lucky".

"I had my time and I enjoyed the three Games I had an opportunity to participate in".

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