Now what for Los Angeles and a Summer Olympics it apparently won’t have until 2028?
For a number of reasons, an unprecedented 11-year wait between being named host city for the Games and staging them is fraught with potential pitfalls.
Costs will rise. Contracts may need renegotiation. Opponents will have more time to make their case. The political landscape in Los Angeles could change dramatically.
Such issues need to be addressed because all signs currently point to the International Olympic Committee deciding in July to award both the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games rather than have Los Angeles and Paris contend for the lone prize they originally thought was at stake, the 2024 Olympics.
And, although this is less certain, the conventional wisdom now is that the IOC will not be smart enough to see the obvious reasons for giving 2024 to Los Angeles rather than Paris.