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A “Tripartite Agreement” is being sought between Los Angeles, Paris and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to propose hosts of both the 2024 and 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games to be awarded later this year.

It followed the IOC membership unanimously supporting plans to award both editions in Lima on September 13.

Negotiations towards a tripartite agreement involving the IOC and the Paris and Los Angeles bids are set to start on Wednesday, insidethegames understands.

The initial format is expected to involve each bid talking separately with the IOC, rather than all three closeted in a room together.

It will be headed by the IOC Olympic Games department.

This follows lengthy discussions during a one day IOC Extraordinary Session here today.

Under the approved plans, it is now hoped that either the French capital or the Californian city will “raise their hand” and volunteer to host the later edition.

A separate Candidature process would then be launched for 2028 during which a special Evaluation Commission visit would be made.

This process would be completed before a final decision could be made in the Peruvian capital.

All indications suggest that Paris will ultimately host the 2024 while Los Angeles will form the location for the later edition.

They will return to initial plans to only award the 2024 Olympics this year if no agreement is reached.

But the enthusiastic reaction of Paris and Los Angeles’ respective Mayors Anne Hidalgo and Eric Garcetti afterwards indicated that the talks are likely to succeed.

The duo linked arms to enter the IOC Session to say “thank you” before embracing IOC President Thomas Bach.

By Nick Butler

Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz

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