Paris 2024 officials met Monday with officials from World Sailing at the Marina Marseille, the proposed venue for Olympic Sailing, should Paris host the 2024 Olympic Games.
The two parties have had regular positive conversations the past year and comes at the final leg of the Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, situated near Marseille on the Cote d’Azur (French Riviera) in the south of France. The visit also included a tour of Borely Park, the proposed site of the Sailing Olympic Village.
Paris 2024 Sports Director Jean-Phillipe Gatien, and World Sailing Director of Events Alastair Fox, led the meeting and the tour. They were joined by Paris 2024 Technical Director Anthony Piqueras, Deputy Mayor of Marseille Didier Reault, and others.
Gatien said, “Paris 2024 is in continuous conversation with all Summer Games IFs as part of the commitment to deliver outstanding venues and the optimal environment for world-class Olympic sport. We are greatly encouraged by the exchanges we are having and we are confident that our ready-made, iconic venues and vast experience hosting major international events across France will allow us to deliver a wonderful festival of Olympic sport in 2024”.
Piqueras added, “we’re delighted to welcome officials from World Sailing to see the wonderful Marina here in Marseille. This venue in the cultural metropolis of Marseille is an incredible asset for our bid. The facilities are first-class, the conditions on the ocean will be perfect for Olympic competition and the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean will provide an incredible vista for athletes to excel and spectators at the venue and around the world to marvel at”.
Paris is in a four-way race with Budapest, Los Angeles and Rome to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A winner will be chosen September 13, 2017.