By Christian Pedersen with Collaboration from Eric Major
Translated by Loretta Murphy
In the 121st meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) held in 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Rio de Janeiro was chosen to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Yes, it took seven years of preparation for the Rio Games to happen! Four years later, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the city of Tokyo was selected to host the 32nd edition of the so-called Summer Games in the year 2020. In fact, this is the second time the Japanese capital will host an event of this size, as it did in 1964.
And after Japan, whose turn will it be in 2024?
The world will know the answer on September 13, 2017, when the IOC meets in Lima, Peru and selects the next city to host the games, based on member voting.
There were five
In September 2015, the IOC announced the names of the five cities that were in the running to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics:
Los Angeles (USA)
and Hamburg (Germany). In November of that year, the German city pulled out after a referendum among its citizens.
Of the remaining four cities, only Budapest would be hosting the Games for the first time, despite having competed and lost several times in previous years. Paris hosted the Games in 1900 and 1924, the Italian capital in 1960, and Los Angeles hosted in 1932 and 1984.
Fast forward t0 2028
It seems far away but in Olympic terms, the 2028 Games are approaching. Many cities have shown interest in hosting the Games: Budapest (Hungary); Paris, (France); Berlin, (Germany); Milan (Italy); Amsterdam or Rotterdam (Netherlands); St. Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi (Russia); Busan (South Korea), Koala Lumpur (Malaysia); Doha (Qatar); Casablanca (Morocco); Nairobi (Kenya); Johannesburg (South Africa); Buenos Aires (Argentina); Brisbane and Melbourne (Australia). The choice will be announced in 2021.