Paris 2024 announced its latest of 14 official bid partners Wednesday – the transport giant SNCF Group. SNCF has, with the agreement, pledged to use its vast international network to “Bring Territories Closer”.
SNCF is known internationally for its leadership on high-speed trains that connect Europe (TGVs). As part of its partnership, SNCF will assist on all areas involving transport and mobility in both the planning and delivery stages of the Games, utilizing 150,000 staff by devoting their know-how and expertise to the Paris 2024 project
SNCF will display the bid’s logo across Europe on its trains and stations, which serve more than five million people daily in France and 13.5 million across Europe.
Paris 2024 now has 18 companies supporting the bid; 14 as Official Partners and four Official Suppliers, all of which are international leaders in their respective businesses.
Paris 2024 Chief Executive Etienne Thobois said “the SNCF support will be a tremendous asset for our visionary bid.”
“Paris 2024 has an international focus, and we want to ensure we involve all parts of France and countries beyond our borders in the Games.
“The SNCF’s arrival will not only enable us to develop the national and European approach of our project but it will also reinforce the strength of our concept with the expertise of a leader in transport, an element which has always been a major issue for host cities.”
Mathias Vicherat, SNCF Deputy Chief Executive added, “we have always been involved in big sports events including Rugby World Cup in 2007 and the UEFA EURO 2016.”
“SNCF has experience bringing people and territories closer at these events.
“This partnership signed today is a commitment by all women and men who work for the SNCF Group. They will all now become bid ambassadors, winning the hearts of the millions of people they help to transport in France every year.”
Paris is competing with Los Angeles to host the 2024 Games. The host city will be elected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) September 13 in Lima, Peru.