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Global rugby family celebrates IOC Olympic Games programme decision

17 September 2017

The historic decision to officially award the 2024 and 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Paris and Los Angeles was made earlier this week.

Russian Federation was banned from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro by the IWF for "bringing weightlifting into disrepute", after a series of positive tests and several other countries are also facing potential bans.

One concern for Paris is that its bid was based on the sports in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

North Korea's International Olympic Committee member, Ung Chang, said he hopes the Olympics will go on as planned, but that nobody knows whether South Korea will be safe for the Olympics.

"I think people are so excited to bring the Olympics back home to Los Angeles", Garcetti said, according to CBS Los Angeles. Deliberately we had the Games in 1932, and 1984 as well.

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The organising committee budget is basically financed by the Olympics themselves - the estimated 3.37 billion-euro cost will be paid for with the IOC's contribution of 1.45 billion euros and income from sponsorship and ticket sales.

Both the 2014 winter Games in Russia's Sochi and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics were mired in controversy over corruption, embezzlement and doping allegations, dealing a major blow to the reputations of the event and the IOC.

"It's a strong drawcard over other sports and we're already seeing that with recruitment".

After three failed attempts and 12 years after the demoralizing and disheartening loss to the London bid in 2005, Paris has finally been awarded the Olympic Games it has craved. There are also other plans on display including a new public transportation system and more energy efficient infrastructures.

"(WADA) will be involved with us to make sure we monitor implementation of any actions the IWF proposes to us".

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The LA 2028 CEO expressed wish to cooperate and share experience with China in preparing for the world's most grand sporting event.

Sykes noted that Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games marked the return of China to the Olympics after the IOC restored the Chinese Olympic Committee as a full member.

The Winter Games will be held in the alpine county of PyeongChang, 180 kilometers east of Seoul, from February 9-25, 2018, and will be attended by about 6,500 athletes and officials from 95 countries.

"It's something we are very proud of", said Sykes.

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Global rugby family celebrates IOC Olympic Games programme decision