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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks during the opening IOC session in Lima on Sept. 13

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks during the opening IOC session in Lima on Sept. 13

The newly elected LA 2028 Olympic Games committee issued a heartfelt congratulation to IOC Member, LA84 Foundation Honorary President and LA 2028 Senior Advisor for Legacy, Anita DeFrantz, on her election as one of four IOC Vice Presidents for the second time in her long career, twenty years after her first election.

The IOC decision in Lima has made both the two cities three-time Summer Olympics hosts as Paris hosted the games in 1900 and 1924 and Los Angeles hosted the games in 1932 and 1984.

Paris, with a Games budget of 6.8 billion euros ($8.09 billion), had failed with previous attempts to land the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

The Olympic Center and the 1980 Olympic Cauldron were illuminated in the colors of LA's iconic sunsets, while the marque displayed the LA 2028 logo to mark the return of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to the "City of Angels".

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Thomas Bach said the International Olympic Committee will continue to appeal for diplomatic solutions to the problems, and that it is monitoring deliberations in the U.N. Security Council, which on Friday condemned the North Korean test.

The presence of French President Emmanuel Macron, who also spoke on Wednesday in a video message, at the IOC's extraordinary session in July in Lausanne was seen as crucial in sealing the deal for the French capital for 2024.

They followed that up with the Games of the 23rd Olympiad, in 1984.

Vladimir Andreff, a sports economist at Paris' Sorbonne university, described Olympic budget inflation as "the curse of winning an auction". "This historic double allocation is a 'win-win-win" situation for the city of Paris, the city of Los Angeles and the International Olympic Committee, ' said IOC president Thomas Bach.

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"It is hard to understand from the National Hockey League side", Bach said on Friday at the IOC Session in Peru, adding that an agreement would have been "very favourable" for the National Hockey League.

"The annual world series is very attractive, the Commonwealth games and then Olympics are a massive drawcard for men and women wanting to compete".

"These are two great cities from two great countries with a great Olympic history".

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