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IOC commits to 2024 Olympic meeting in flood-hit Peru

Associated Press logo Associated Press 13/04/2017
FILE - In this March 24, 2017 file photo, a boy, wearing a jersey of FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, eats his lunch amidst the devastation caused by the recent floods in Carapongo, Peru. UNICEF announced on Wednesday, April 12, that close to 15 thousand babies and infants are at risk of malnutrition, after the damage caused by the floods. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this March 24, 2017 file photo, a boy, wearing a jersey of FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, eats his lunch amidst the devastation caused by the recent floods in Carapongo, Peru. UNICEF announced on Wednesday, April 12, that close to 15 thousand babies and infants are at risk of malnutrition, after the damage caused by the floods. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Olympic Committee says it still plans to hold its annual meeting in Lima despite the devastating recent floods in Peru.

The 2024 Olympic hosting vote between Los Angeles and Paris is set for Sept. 13, the opening day of the IOC Session.

Peru's suitability for the week-long Olympic meetings was questioned in ongoing fallout from heavy rains and mudslides last month.

The IOC says the Peruvian government confirmed Thursday its preparations "are going ahead as planned."

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski says hosting the Olympic meetings "send a vital message to the world and to Peru that we are ready to welcome the world after the emergency situation."

Last week, a $600,000 donation to flood recovery work was made by the IOC and Pan American Sports Organization.

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