Paris and Los Angeles are vying for the right to host the 2024 GamesParis and Los Angeles are vying for the right to host the 2024 Games (AFP Photo/Fabrice COFFRINI)
Lausanne (AFP) - The IOC said Thursday that it will go ahead with a September 13 vote to decide the 2024 Olympics host in Lima despite deadly floods and political troubles in the country.
The International Olympic Committee had been seriously considering moving the vote on whether to choose Los Angeles or Paris to a new venue because of the troubles.
IOC president Thomas Bach said: “On this occasion the Peruvian government has given us all necessary assurances that the IOC session will be organised in a great way."
A statement added: "Following the devastating floods affecting large parts of the country, the International Olympic Committee and the Peruvian government today confirmed that preparations for the IOC Session, to be held in Peru, in September are going ahead as planned."
Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, said it was important that Olympic meeting go ahead in Lima after the floods that have left at least 75 dead and caused widespread mudslides and damage.
"The eyes of the world will be on Lima and we believe that hosting the IOC session will send a vital message to the world and to Peru that we are ready to welcome the world after the emergency situation.
"In addition, the event will bring positive international attention to the country as we receive several heads of state, many high-level government officials and over 2,000 international press members."