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Paris 2024 Olympic bid officials can’t accept the 2028 Olympics if offered, co-bid chief Tony Estanguet reportedly said Tuesday, echoing his comments from February.

“It is now or never. We will not come back for 2028,” the three-time French Olympic canoe champion said, according to Reuters. “Our project is only possible for 2024. We can’t accept 2028. It is not possible.”

The International Olympic Committee has moved in recent months to open the option of awarding both the 2024 and 2028 Olympics in an unprecedented double vote in September. But neither Los Angeles nor Paris bid officials have expressed interest in ceding 2024 to their opposition and taking 2028.

IOC President Thomas Bach has repeatedly hinted at awarding the hosting rights for both the 2024 and 2028 Games at the IOC Session on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru. Only the 2024 Games is currently scheduled to be voted on in Lima.

“All the options are on the table, and this includes also the ’24-’28 procedure and vote,” Bach said Friday when announcing a working group to study changing the candidate process.

Los Angeles and Paris are in a two-candidate race after several rivals dropped out facing public opposition to expected spiraling costs and doubts about the long-term value of being an Olympic host.

Since December, Bach has repeated warnings about a bid process that produces “too many losers,” suggesting concerns that the city which lost a 2024 vote would not return with a candidacy for the 2028 Olympics.

In February, Estanguet also reportedly said “now or never” in regard to 2024.

“I will be absolutely frank and direct here,” Estanguet said, according to Inside The Games“We are working exclusively to win in 2024. We are strong today with our vision. We believe it is the right moment for our city to be chosen. It is now or never.”

LA and U.S. Olympic officials have said they are focused on the 2024 Olympics. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has gone so far as to say, “We are not going for 2028,” according to Inside the Games.

Still, it’s not clear what LA 2024’s response would be if offered the 2028 Olympics.

“We’re bidding for ’24,” LA 2024 CEO Gene Sykes said last week when asked, “What if Paris gets it [the Olympics] first?”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Canoe-kayak: Medals a-plenty for Germany; Great Britain, Hungary also thrive

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Four golds were dealt out Saturday morning in canoe-kayak, with Germany having a decidedly wonderful morning.

Germany managed a medal in each of the four events, with two golds, a silver and a bronze heading to their medal table.

It started with a razor-thin men’s kayak single 200m final, with Ronald Rauhe snaring a shared bronze with Spain’s Saul Craviotto. Great Britain’s Liam Heath won, and France’s Maxime Beaumont took silver.

Next was men’s canoe double 1000m, and the final saw Germany gain gold through Sebastian Brendel — one of the stars of these Olympics — and Jan Vandrey. Brazil nabbed silver, with Ukraine finishing third.

The Germans were second to Hungary in women’s kayak four 500m, with Belarus taking third, before winning gold in men’s kayak four 1000m. Slovakia finished with silver and Czech Republic bronze.

WATCH LIVE: USA’s Hogan competes in canoe-kayak; Taekwondo continues

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One of USA’s only canoe-kayak competitors hits the water on Wednesday, as Maggie Hogan competes in Heat 3 of the women’s kayak single 500 in Rio.

She’ll have to contend with favorite Lisa Carrington of New Zealand, as well as Hungary’s Danuta Kozak.

Also on Wednesday, taekwondo moves forward with plenty of bouts.

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