Double hosting decision close for 2024-28 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee's executive committee meeting in Lausanne on Friday will receive reports from a working group that studied the idea.

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Olympic bosses appear set to recommend that hosting rights for the 2024 and 2028 Games be awarded simultaneously, a landmark step that could hand winning bids to rival candidates Paris and Los Angeles.

The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) executive committee meeting in Lausanne on Friday will receive reports from a working group that studied the idea.

If endorsed, the proposal will go to a vote of the IOC's roughly 100 members next month for final approval.

With that hurdle cleared, the IOC's main meeting in Lima on September 13 would then hold a double vote to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games.

The plan fits the IOC's effort to make Olympic bidding less costly, with cities often spending tens of millions of dollars only to come up empty handed.

Hosting the Games has also become an increasingly daunting prospect for cities, with fewer willing to take on the vast expense.

The IOC is therefore anxious to lock in two low-risk, high-quality bids from cities with a record of successfully staging major sporting events.

IOC chief Thomas Bach has complained that there are "too many losers" in Olympic bidding and has voiced support for both Paris and LA winning the right to host the Games.

While the idea of a double vote in the Peruvian capital is gaining traction, a fierce battle is continuing over which city gets to go first.