2024 is the centenary of the last time Paris hosted the Olympics, so having it then rather than four years later matters more to Paris than to Los Angeles.I wonder why LA agreed to wait until 2028? Most likely they knew the IOC was leaning towards Paris for 2024 and made this deal to guarantee that they got the next Olympics plus it gives them more time to prepare.
Especially given that Iran was ruled back then by that nutjob the Ayatollah Khomeini who had held the US hostages for over 440 days. Something tells me that even if the IOC had really given a thought about hosting the Olympics in Tehran the USOC would have told the IOC to expect another boycott from the US and after the boycott in 1980 the IOC couldn't afford to have the US sit out another Olympics.Tehran? How could that be even a consideration given rules regarding dress codes etc.
Yeah. From a quick reading, Tehran withdrew its bid in 1978 due to the domestic and political struggles Iran was having at the time. We all know what happened a year later.Iran was ruled by a Shah at the time.
The Islamic Republic hasn't been around forever. It just seems like it.
More importantly, by opting for 2028, it extracted concessions that should lessen the financial risks involved. Combined with the fact that LA ran a financially successful Games in 1984, mostly at private expense, the hope is that 2028 won't be another boondoggle as seen in recent Olympics. Hopefully (crossing fingers), this will be good for LA and for the Olympic brand.Los Angeles comes off looking generous and gracious.
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