The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid launched its Athletes’ Committee Saturday. The committee will be co-chaired by Teddy Riner, the Judo Olympic Gold Medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games and eight times World Champion, and Marie-Amelie Le Fur, the 100 metres Gold Medalist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and four times World Champion.
According to Paris 2024, the Paris 2024 Athletes’ Committee will support and advise the bid committee on the technical elements of the bid proposal, including Games venues and other core infrastructure projects to ensure that the needs of the athletes are always met and that Paris 2024 offers the ideal conditions for the competitors to perform at their very best, The commission will also be responsible for mobilizing the broader sporting community so they have opportunities to show their support for Paris 2024.
Teddy Riner and Marie-Amelie Le Fur will also become Board Members of the Paris 2024 Public Interest Group and they will join fellow athletes who have vital roles to play within the broader group.
Members of the Public Interest Group for Paris 2024:
- Tony Estanguet [triple Olympic Champion in Canoeing)
- Marie-José Perec [triple Olympic Champion in Athletics]
- Jean-Philippe Gatien [double Olympic Medallist in Table Tennis]
- Thierry Rey [Olympic Champion in Judo)
- Jean-Christophe Rolland [Olympic Champion in Rowing]
- Etienne Thobois [Olympian who competed in Badminton]
Tony Estanguet, Co-Chairman of Paris 2024 said, “Paris and France’s sporting movement is committed to bidding for the 2024 Games and the decision to launch an Athletes’ Committee further strengthens our bid and reflects our strong will to place the experience of the athletes at the heart of our campaign.
“We are going to continue to involve the sports movement in all our decisions, as we have done since the beginning of our 2024 campaign. We now look forward to working with the Athletes’ Committee to progress our Games Plan and their input will be invaluable to guarantee that we succeed in creating the ideal environment for all Olympians in 2024. They are the stars of the show and they create the excitement of the Games”.
Paris is competing with Budapest, Los Angeles and Rome for the right to host the 2024 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee will elect a winner September 2017.