N.Korea Crisis So Far No Threat to Pyeongchang Olympics — IOC

The IOC session will be held from September 13 to 16 here with the vote to confirm the host cities for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games as the highlight.

International Olympic Committee members will ratify the agreement following 25-minute presentations by Paris and Los Angeles, the last two cities left in the race for the 2024 Olympics.

As they did when the IOC Evaluation Commission visited Los Angeles in May, venues such as Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood Bowl, and the US Bank Tower will be illuminated in the colors of LA's sunsets and the LA 2028 logo.

The city will receive roughly $100 million more than Paris in International Olympic Committee funding for the Games, a financial sweetener that delivers "a frankly much better economic result", according to 2028 bid chief Casey Wasserman.

Los Angeles received concessions for agreeing to host four years later, including receiving a portion of the IOC's surplus from the Olympics to fund youth sports programs in the city.

Remarkably, Paris and LA have been unopposed for hosting rights, following the withdrawals of Boston, Budapest, Hamburg and Rome.

The IOC was also offering support to ensure the participation of athletes from North Korea, Bach added.

"There was no plan B, to the extent where the games are based on the principle of the olympic truce", said Lee Hee-beom, chairman of the committee, having drawn up a state of play of the preparation before the IOC executive Board meeting in Lima. The announcement follows the IOC's landmark July decision to award both Summer Olympics simultaneously.

Johnson's last outing at the Olympics came in Sydney in 2000, where he successfully defended his 400m title, but the 50-year-old will have no feelings of envy towards any competitors when the Games return to USA soil in 2028.

In Paris, celebrations outside the City Hall will commence shortly after the official signing of the Host City Contract.

The latest case forced Bach onto the defensive on Monday during a press conference in which he was repeatedly asked about his handling of the affair. "No law is so ideal that it can not be broken", Bach said.

  • Tracy Klein