Paris, not Los Angeles, will play host to the 2011 World Weightlifting Championships, it was announced Saturday in Thailand.
French weightlifting federation officials decided to submit Paris as the proposed site, rather than Strasbourg, France, in the final days before the decision. Paris reportedly got 10 votes and Los Angeles eight.
"While we were disappointed not to have won the bid, the result demonstrates that we have a good relationship with the [International Weightlifting Federation] and have reason to be optimistic that we will host a future IWF world championship," Los Angeles Sports Council President David Simon said in a statement.
Simon said in an e-mail that the reason for L.A.'s loss "appeared to be strong doubts on the part of several IWF voters that their countries' athletes and officials would be able to obtain visas to enter the United States for the competition. . ."