Over 50 Mayors From World Capitals and Former Olympic Host Cities Pledge Support To Paris 2024

More than 50 mayors from cities around the world have signed an agreement in support of Paris’ bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Spanning all continents, the 54 global cities, 35 of them capital cities, represent a diverse range of cultures, races and religions, which Paris 2024 says reinforces its city’s core commitment to welcome the world in 2024 with openness and tolerance.

Over 50 Mayors from major cities across the world signed an agreement in support of Paris' bid (Paris 2024 Twitter Photo)

Over 50 Mayors from major cities across the world signed an agreement in support of Paris’ bid (Paris 2024 Twitter Photo)

Among the cities to sign the letter of support are six Olympic Host Cities – Athens, Barcelona, Mexico City, Montreal, Munich and Sydney.

“We see Paris as an instrument for collective and decisive progress,” the Mayors said in a joint letter published by Paris 2024 Thursday (a full list of participating mayors and cities follows below.)

The endorsement is considered a significant boost for Paris’ bid to host its third Games on the 100th anniversary of the previous Games held in the French Capital in 1924.

A letter written to underline the agreement included “at a time, many cities are contemplating whether to host major sporting events, Paris has the assets, the infrastructure and the ambition to bring a new spirit to the Games.”

“These games would belong to everyone; they would be constructive and bring joy to all. Like many who love Paris and sport, we support and wish the Paris 2024 bid every success.”

Paris 2024 co-chair Tony Estanguet said “this is an incredible and unique show of international support for Paris and our bid.”

“At any Olympic and Paralympic Games it is an honour to host the world in your city, and this statement shows that the world does feel welcome in Paris.

“We are showing people from communities across the globe that the bid and Paris are ready to share our city with them and that Paris 2024 will be a spectacular celebration of sport and Olympism for the whole world.”

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo explained “I am honoured and delighted to see so many Mayors, from all over the world, support Paris in our bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  It is a very strong sign of friendship, demonstrating that the bid of Paris 2024 is shared by many citizens, in all countries.

“By supporting us, these cities will also share with us their experience, their expertise, and their help to plan a wonderful Games in Paris, that improve the lives of citizens through sport, innovation and sustainable living.”

Meanwhile, Paris 2024 presented its project to 80 foreign ambassadors and diplomats in Paris Wednesday.

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development said “France has a long tradition of welcoming and organizing international sporting events, as well as a renowned know-how”.  He added that the Games in Paris would be “spectacular, festive, popular, passionate, engaging and meaningful.  That’s the promise of Paris 2024 and France.”

Paris is competing with Budapest and Los Angeles to host the Games in 2024  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will select the winner September 13, in Lima Peru.

Below is a full list of cities and mayors to have signed the agreement:

  1. Abidjan – Robert Beugré MAMBÉ‎, Minister, Governor of the District of Abidjan
  2. Alexandria – General Reda FARAHAT, Governor of Alexandria
  3. Amman – Aqel BILTAJI, Mayor of Amman
  4. Antananarivo – Lalao RAKOTONIRAINY RAVALOMANANA, Mayor of Antananarivo
  5. Athens – Yiorgos KAMINIS, Mayor of Athens
  6. Bamako – Adama SANGARE, Mayor of the District of Bamako
  7. Bangui – Emile-Gros-Raymond NAKOMBO, President of the Special Delegation of Bangui
  8. Barcelona – Ada COLAU, Mayor of Barcelona
  9. Beirut –  Jamal ITANI, Mayor of Beirut and Ziad CHBIB, Governor of Beirut
  10. Brazzaville – Hugues NGOUELONDELE, Mayor of Brazzaville
  11. Brussels – Yvan MAYEUR, Mayor of Brussels
  12. Bucharest – Gabriela FIREA, General Mayor of Bucharest
  13. Cape Town – Patricia de LILLE, General Mayor of Cape Town
  14. Casablanca – Abdelaziz EL OMARI, Mayor of Casablanca
  15. Cologne – Henriette REKER, Lord Mayor of Cologne
  16. Copenhagen – Frank JENSEN, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen
  17. Cotonou – Léhady SOGLO, Mayor of Cotonou
  18. Douala – Fritz NTONÈ NTONÈ, Government Delegate to the Urban Community of Douala
  19. Dublin – Brendan CARR, Lord Mayor of Dublin
  20. Kazan – Ilsur METHSIN, Mayor of Kazan
  21. Kyoto – Daisaku KADOKAWA, Mayor of Kyoto
  22. Libreville – Rose Christiane OSSOUKA RAPONDA, Mayor of Libreville
  23. Liege – Willy DEMEYER, Mayor of Liege
  24. Lima – Luis CASTAÑEDA LOSSIO, Mayor of the Metropolitan Area of Lima
  25. Lisbon – Fernando MEDINA, Mayor of Lisbon
  26. Luxembourg – Lydie POLFER, Mayor of Luxembourg City
  27. Madrid – Manuela CARMENA, Mayor of Madrid
  28. Marrakesh – Mohammed LARBI BELKAÏD, Mayor of Marrakesh
  29. Medellin – Federico GUTIÉRREZ, Mayor of Medellin
  30. Mexico – Miguel Ángel MANCERA ESPINOSA, Head of Government, Federal District of Mexico
  31. Montevideo – Daniel MARTÍNEZ, Mayor of Montevideo
  32. Montreal – Denis CODERRE, Mayor of Montreal
  33. Munich – Dieter REITER, Lord Mayor of Munich
  34. Namur – Maxime PRÉVOT, Mayor of Namur
  35. Niamey – Assane SEIDOU, Mayor of Niamey
  36. Nicosia – Constantinos YIORKADJIS, Mayor of Nicosia
  37. Nouakchott – Maty Mint HAMADY, President of the Urban Community of Nouakchott
  38. Ouagadougou – Armand Roland Pierre BEOUINDE, Mayor of Ouagadougou
  39. Pointe-Noire – Roland BOUITI-VIAUDO, Mayor of Pointe-Noire
  40. Porto – Rui MOREIRA, Mayor of Porto
  41. Pnom Penh – PA Socheatvong, Gouvernor of Pnom Penh
  42. Praia – Oscar Humberto EVORA DOS SANTOS, Mayor of Praia
  43. Prague – Adriana KRNÁČOVÁ, Mayor of Prague
  44. Quito – Mauricio RODAS, Metropolitan Mayor of Quito
  45. Rabat – Mohammed SADIKI, Mayor of Rabat
  46. Riga – Nils UŠAKOVS, Mayor of Riga
  47. Rotterdam – Ahmed ABOUTALEB, Mayor of Rotterdam
  48. Skopje – Trifun KOSTOVSKI, Mayor of Skopje
  49. Sydney – Clover MOORE, Lord Mayor of Sydney
  50. Tbilisi – Davit NARMANIA, Mayor of Tbilisi
  51. Tunis – Seifallah LASRAM, Mayor of Tunis
  52. Warsaw – Hanna GRONKIEWICZ-WALZ, Mayor of Warsaw
  53. Yaoundé – Gilbert TSIMI EVOUNA, Government Delegate to the Urban Community of Yaoundé
  54. Yerevan – Taron MARGARYAN, Mayor of Yerevan