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IOC to discuss awarding Olympics to both Los Angeles, Paris

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If the 2024 and 2028 Olympics are to both be awarded this summer, then June 9 is a key date.

The International Olympic Committee executive board will meet in three weeks to discuss possible changes to the Olympic host city bidding process.

The board will hear a report from four IOC vice presidents commissioned in March to look at choosing the host cities for both the 2024 and 2028 Olympics this summer.

The 15-member executive board meeting could lead to an IOC members vote in July to formally accept a 2024-2028 Olympic host city double vote in September.

Currently, only the 2024 Olympic host city is to be determined this summer, via an IOC members vote Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru.

The two remaining 2024 finalists, Los Angeles and Paris, received praise from an IOC evaluation commission during visits the previous two weeks. Boston, Budapest, Hamburg and Rome previously dropped bids.

Los Angeles and Paris could both be awarded Olympics this summer, with one receiving 2024 and the other 2028. A Paris bid leader has said it would not accept the 2028 Olympics. Los Angeles repeats that it is focusing on 2024 but has not ruled out accepting 2028.

The IOC last determined two Olympic host cities at once in 1921, when the 1924 Paris and 1928 Amsterdam Games were awarded, according to Olympstats.com.

Los Angeles hopes to become the first U.S. Olympic host city since Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Games and Atlanta hosted the 1996 Summer Games. That would end the longest U.S. drought between hosting Olympics since the 28-year gap between Los Angeles 1932 and the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games.

If the 2024-2028 double vote happens, Los Angeles and Paris will join London as the only cities to host three Olympics. Los Angeles hosted in 1932 and 1984. Paris hosted in 1900 and 1924. One of the major selling points of Paris’ 2024 bid has been marking the centennial of its 1924 Games.

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Does Lance Armstrong believe doping contributed to cancer?

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Lance Armstrong said on Sunday’s ESPN film “Lance” that he didn’t know whether he got testicular cancer because of his doping in the early-to-mid 1990s.

“I don’t know the answer to that,” he said. “And I don’t want to say no because I don’t think that’s right, either. I don’t know if it’s yes or no, but I certainly wouldn’t say no. The only thing I will tell you is the only time in my life that I ever did growth hormone was the 1996 season [before being diagnosed with moderate to advanced cancer in October 1996]. So just in my head, I’m like ‘growth, growing, hormones and cells.’ Like, if anything good needs to be grown, it does. But wouldn’t it also make sense that if anything bad is there, that it, too, would grow?”

Armstrong was asked a similar question by Oprah Winfrey in his January 2013 doping confession.

“Do you think that banned substances contributed to you getting cancer?” Winfrey asked.

“I don’t think so,” Armstrong said then. “I’m not a doctor, I’ve never had a doctor tell me that or suggest that to me personally, but I don’t believe so.”

That was not the first time doping and cancer were part of the same conversation.

Teammate Frankie Andreu and then-fiancee Betsy said that Armstrong told a doctor on Oct. 27, 1996, at Indiana University Hospital that he had taken performance-enhancing drugs; EPO, testosterone, growth hormone, cortisone and steroids.

Armstrong said he probably began doping at age 21, in 1992 or 1993.

“I remember when we were on a training ride in 2002, Lance told me that [Michele] Ferrari [the infamous doctor who provided performance-enhancing drugs] had been paranoid that he had helped cause the cancer and became more conservative after that,” former teammate Floyd Landis said in 2011, according to Sports Illustrated.

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Cortina requests to postpone Alpine skiing worlds from 2021 to 2022

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The Italian Winter Sports Federation was making a formal request on Monday to postpone next year’s world Alpine skiing championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo until March 2022.

Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malagò revealed the plans during an interview with RAI state TV on Sunday night.

Considering the fallout in Italy from the coronavirus pandemic, Malagò said “this is the best solution” in order to avoid the championships being canceled or shortened.

“It’s a decision in which we both lose but we realize this is the best — or maybe the only thing — to do,” Malago said.

The Italian federation confirmed that the proposal would be presented during an International Ski Federation (FIS) board meeting Monday. The Italian federation added that the decision to make the proposal was made jointly by the organizing committee in Cortina, the Veneto region and the Italian government.

It will be up to FIS to decide on any postponement.

Cortina was already forced to cancel the World Cup Finals in March this year due to the advancing virus, which has now accounted for more than 30,000 deaths in Italy.

Moving the worlds to March 2022 would put the event one month after the Beijing Olympics and likely force FIS to cancel that season’s finals in Méribel and Courchevel, France.

The Cortina worlds are currently scheduled for Feb. 7-21, 2021.

Worlds are usually held every other winter, in odd years.

Cortina is also slated to host Alpine events during the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics.

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