Paris 2024 Finds Value and Encouragement at IOC Workshop

The Paris 2024 team led by Tony Estanguet attends IOC workshop in Lausanne (Paris 2024 Photo)

The Paris 2024 team led by Tony Estanguet attends IOC workshop in Lausanne (Paris 2024 Photo)

Along with four other cities bidding for the Olympic Games the Paris 2024 Olympic bid committee attended a two-day workshop this week hosted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne Switzerland.  The high level delegations picked up a number of key learnings about the IOC’s vision for the 2024 Summer Games, including the importance of sustainable development and ensuring the project is linked with the long term vision for the city and country.

The Paris delegation was led by bid Co-President and IOC member Tony Estanguet.  The two-day workshop was held to share ideas and receive feedback from the IOC.

Tony Estanguet said following the workshop, “the workshop delivered by the IOC in Lausanne was extremely valuable for our delegation.  This was a key milestone for our bid, enabling us to share our vision and plans and receive key information, expertise and important feedback from the IOC.

“We are continually listening and learning as we begin to lay out our plans and it is vital that we check our strategy with the IOC and key Olympic stakeholders to ensure that we totally understand the needs of the Olympic Movement.

One of the topics discussed was Games security planning – perhaps a delicate subject following last Friday’s attacks on the French capital that included a bombing at the Stade de France, the venue being proposed for the Olympic Stadium.

Earlier in the week IOC President Thomas Bach said that the attacks would not prevent the success of Paris’ bid and during the workshops this week the Paris delegation received encouragement and support from their rivals representing Budapest, Hamburg, Los Angeles and Rome.

“They were very kind,” Estanguet told AP.

“There is this special team spirit in sport. We received a very powerful message from the international sports community that we had to fight to defend the values of humanity.”

In a further statement, he said “as we continue to come to terms with the tragic events of last week in Paris, our thoughts remain with those who have been profoundly affected.  These horrific events have strengthened our resolve and determination to host an amazing Games for the world in 2024, help promote positive Olympic values, and spread the message of peace through sport.”

The IOC will elect its 2024 host city in September 2017.