Paris 2024 Olympic Bid Launches Youth Initiative

The City of Paris, the Paris Academy and the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF) have launched a new initiative – ten measures to promote the passion for sport and the purpose of Olympism to up to 275,000 Parisian students.  The infinitive is in line with legacy the vision of Paris’ bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Paris promotes more access to sport for 275,000 young Parisians in line with 2024 legacy vision (Paris 2024 Photo)

Paris promotes more access to sport for 275,000 young Parisians in line with 2024 legacy vision (Paris 2024 Photo)

The ten measures were unveiled Tuesday to encourage the practice of sport, which Paris 2024 says is a powerful legacy for younger generations that is fully in line with the bid’s vision for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo spoke at Francois Villon School in central Paris where the program was launched. She said, “this initiative is a further demonstration of the importance we place on the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

“We want the Games to benefit Parisians and the entire French population, leaving a strong legacy for young people and future generations to have positive Olympic values embedded into their daily lives.

“I welcome the action of the Ministry of Education, which is committed to joining the City of Paris and the sporting world in this ambition.”

The new program complements the educational initiative implemented earlier this year  by Paris 2024.  “Playdagogie – values of Olympism”, developed in collaboration with UNICEF and PLAY International and based on the established approach of using games and sport to develop life skills, brings the concept of Olympism and integrates the values of friendship, excellence and respect into educational content for kids.  Alongside Playdagogie, the ‘Olympic and Paralympic Week’, which will take place annually as part of the National Education curriculum, will mobilize more than one million kids in France in its first year alone, sharing the Olympic values as part of Paris’ vision to host a Games of passion and purpose.

Tony Estanguet, Co-Chair of Paris 2024 said “this great initiative by the city of Paris, Paris Academy and the CNOSF will increase the opportunities for young Parisians to get involved in sport.”

“It is also a great pathway for our Generations 2024 athletes to achieve their goals.  These measures are a further example of the strong unity that exists between the bid, the city, our NOC and our partners, and our common purpose to deliver a Games that not only benefits the local population but leaves a significant and lasting legacy on future generations.”

Denis Masseglia, President of the CNOSF added “by working in close collaboration with the National Education and the City of Paris we are able to create better access to sport for students while at the same time encourage greater awareness and understanding of the history Olympic movement and the core values that lie at its heart.”

Paris is bidding for the 2024 Games against Los Angeles.  Budapest Wednesday decided to withdraw its bid after the City Council votes March 2.  The winner will be selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) September 13 in Lima Peru.