Paris has confirmed its bid for the 2024 Olympic Games in a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The letter was signed by Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and French Olympic Committee president Denis Masseglia. It said that Paris promises to “build a project which is unforgettable, innovative, responsible and sustainable”
In reference to IOC President Thomas Bach’s common expression, the letter states that “the Olympic spirit and the city of Paris share a common attachment to unity in diversity, tolerance in the face of differences and the same belief in peace of openness.”
“Hosting the Games is to open up to the world and Paris is firmly rooted in the tradition of extending a welcome, which our candidature hopes”.
Paris hosted the Olympics in 1900 and 1924 and bid unsuccessfully for the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Games. During the latter bid, Paris was considered the favourite but lost on the final ballot to London by a narrow margin.
The deadline for formal submission of bid entries is Tuesday and the host city will be elected in September 2017.
Other cities bidding for the 2024 Games include Hamburg, Rome, Los Angeles, and Budapest – while the Toronto mayor is considering a bid after the Canadian Olympic Committee voted to endorse it Friday.