Paris 2024 Olympic Bid Promises “Friendliest Games Ever” For NOC’s and Athletes

Presenting to over 1,000 stakeholder delegates at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly in Doha, Qatar Tuesday, Paris’ bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games focused on a theme of “passion + purpose” and creating optimum conditions for athletes, coaches and officials at the Olympic Games.

Paris' 2024 bid delegation with Mayor Anne Hidalgo (centre) present in Doha, Qatar at ANOC General Assembly (Paris 2024 photo)

Paris’ 2024 Olympic bid delegation with Mayor Anne Hidalgo (centre) present in Doha, Qatar at ANOC General Assembly (Paris 2024 photo)

The French capital is bidding to host the Games for the third time – the first since 1924.  It’s the fourth time France has bid for the Summer Games in the past quarter-century.

French National Olympic Committee (NOC) President Denis Masseglia said “the presentation of Paris 2024 is about a bid inspired by Olympic values, led by sport and athletes and powered by the collective energy and will of France’s national sports movement.

“It is this energy that we will put at your service with Paris 2024, which will allow us to respond to your needs and those of your athletes, and which today sees us launch the Paris 2024 ‘NOC and NPC Declaration’. It sets out the outstanding service you will receive.  And together, in partnership with you, we want to develop these ideas further and so make 2024 an exceptional experience for each of you.”

The declaration is a set of proposals that highlights the tailored ‘concierge service’ the city will offer teams of athletes, coaches and officials before, during and after the Games.  These 18 key pledges have been designed, the bid says, in the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020 to create the optimum conditions for great athlete performances and make Paris 2024 the friendliest Games ever for NOCs and NPCs.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, speaking in English, French and Spanish, shared a broader vision of the Games with emphasis on the environment and a global impact.

She said “the Olympic Games bring humanity together like no other event on earth. You are all important actors in meeting the challenges that face the world’s future – and you have demonstrated this clearly, in the eyes of the world, with Agenda 2020.

“Respecting the planet, fighting for development, creating opportunities for young people, supporting gender equality through sport and especially through the Games, which unite humankind in a way that nothing else can.

“Paris is a confident city, which is not afraid to invent the future. Our vision for 2024 is optimistic, inclusive, joyful – but also clear-sighted and determined. In Paris in 2024 we will swim in the River Seine. We will travel in driverless vehicles. We will celebrate the Games on the Champs Elysees, with the Eiffel Tower and all along the Seine from the Grand Palais to Saint Denis.”

Bid co-Chair, Olympic Champion and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Tony Estanguet spoke of passion and legacy that, he says, will be a key driver in Paris’ plans.

“I’m convinced that passion and purpose must remain central to our Movement for its future success. And why Paris 2024 is built on those two key pillars: passion and purpose.

“I hope there can be no question about French passion, especially for sport. Olympism is in our DNA. Every Olympic and Paralympic sport has a vibrant community in our country. Since 2010, we have staged more than 40 sold out, international events in Olympic sports.”

Paris 2024 has proposed beach volleyball in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower

Paris 2024 has proposed beach volleyball in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower

In an apparent response to rival Los Angeles’ plans to use only existing or temporary venues for the Games to fully embrace Agenda 2020 – Paris says it believes new venue development is important and necessary part of the Olympic project.

Estanguet emphasized “to align with Agenda 2020, all of this must be just the start… Because the Games must also have a purpose: to leave a real and lasting legacy… Paris 2024 will deliver both physical legacy… and social legacy.

“Today, we live in a challenging era for sport, even for the world. So, more than ever, we have a responsibility to deliver Games with real, long-term purpose… Which is why we have already started to deliver.

“We are developing new ways of thinking about the future of Olympism… Our belief in sharing is in tune with the way young people all over the world are living their lives today. This engagement… these partnerships… this thinking… all of them, serve one goal: To make the Olympic Movement stronger… To make our family stronger.

“Our vision is to share the passion of the Games… And to share the purpose of Olympism… To ensure that the Olympic Movement fully connects with this new, sharing generation.”

Eight-time World Champion and double Olympic Gold Medallist in Judo, Teddy Riner said “Paris 2024 will offer a compact and connected venue plan when 85 per cent of athletes will be within 30 minutes of their venues, and Paris has also developed the most compact Games-time training plan in the history of the Games.”

Also speaking at the podium for Paris was Bid co-Chair Bernard Lapasset.

The ANOC presentations were the first of three planned and approved events by the IOC during the 2024 bid campaign among Budapest and Los Angeles.  The cities will present next July at a special session in Lausanne, Switzerland and then again just prior to the host city election September 13 in Lima, Peru.

Robert Livingstone

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Robert Livingstone is a senior editor, award-winning journalist and author, covering Olympic bid business as founder of GamesBids.com as well as providing freelance support for print and Web publications around the world. He is a member of the Olympic Journalists Association and the International Society of Olympic Historians. Follow him @enotsgnivil