As part of the bid’s commitment to engage and mobilize young people in Paris and across France, the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic bid committee has launched a Generation 2024 Committee. Paris 2024 says the committee, which is comprised of 24 members between the ages of 17 and 26 and from varying backgrounds, will enable the next generation to shape the project and make a significant input to the direction of the bid.
The committee, made up of athletes, students, representatives of NGOs, representatives of Paris 2024 stakeholders and member of civil society, met for the first time Tuesday at the Cite universitaire de Paris, a symbolic hub of youth and culture in the centre of the city.
The group will also help shape the organization of the Games in 2024 should Paris be elected next year, and are tasked with the following:
- Help to grow the existing high levels of support for the bid among young people across Paris and France
- Participate in key campaign moments
- Help shape and implement the digital strategy of the bid
- Encourage dialogue around the bid among the youth population in France
- Formulate proposals in relation to the bid plan and legacy, becoming a voice for young people
Tony Estanguet, Paris 2024 co-chairman said, “young people will be the primary benefactors of an Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris so it is vital that we engage them properly in our bid. The Games represent us with a unique opportunity to place sport truly at the heart of the lives of young people and we are delighted to launch the Generation 2024 Committee to help us achieve this goal.”
Bernard Lapasset, Paris 2024 co-chairman added, “Paris is a city that sets trends and it is important that we look to future to create a dynamic bid making use of the wonderfully creative young people in Paris and France who can contribute significantly. We are looking forward to working with the new committee to drive the bid forward with fresh ideas and concepts.”
Sinatou Saka, journalist and Generation 2024 Committee member said “young people in Paris and across France have a lot to offer to the Paris 2024 bid and I’m honoured to be part of the Generation 2024 Committee that will help bring the Games to our city. We aim to bring new ideas and concepts to the project reflecting the energy and dynamism of Paris.”
Paris is facing-off against Budapest, Los Angeles and Rome for the right to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The winner will be elected September 2017.