Let the games begin!
Three cities are bidding for the rights to host the 2024 Summer Olympics: Paris, Los Angeles and Budapest, Hungary. Leaders from each city have traveled to Doha, Qatar to pitch their city before the Association of National Olympic Committees on Tuesday.
The final vote is still 10 months away, but Paris and Los Angeles are considered the front-runners. They've each hosted the Olympics twice already. But political entanglements with both those major cities could complicate their bids.
I think the Olympics are at its best when they rise above politics. It has the ability to unite people.
Looming over Los Angeles' bid is the recent election of Donald Trump. His comments about Mexicans and Muslims, as well as his aggressive foreign policy rhetoric on the campaign trail, could damage America's standing with the International Olympic Committee.
One of those making the case for a U.S. bid is Allyson Felix, an African-American woman who boasts six Olympic golds (two from Rio) and three silver medals. Felix was born in Los Angeles.
France has its own political issues -- far-right leader Marine Le Pen could be named the French president soon. Le Pen's hard-line stance on illegal immigration and comparisons of Muslims to Nazis have drawn criticism.
Holding the Olympic Games in Budapest would help to pave the way for a greater range of mid-sized cities to host the games.
And then there's Budapest. The Hungarian capital is much smaller than Paris or Los Angeles, with about 1.7 million people to Paris's 2.2 million and Los Angeles' 3.9 million. But the city's advocates say that one of its strengths.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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