Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, was in China this week to listen and learn about their Olympic experiences on hosting the 2008 Olympics and their preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Olympic Gold medalist and IOC member Guy Drut joined the mayor on the trip. They visited many of the venues used at the Beijing 2008 Games including the Bird’s Nest Stadium and Water Cube, as well as proposed venues for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
The mayor also met with key members of the Organizing Committees for Beijing 2008 and Beijing 2022 to discuss what it takes to host a successful Games.
Mayor Hidalgo said, “I’m thrilled to be here in China to learn about the successes of Beijing 2008 and plans for the 2022 Winter Games. Like France, China is a nation with amazing culture and heritage and it’s great to share best practices in delivering the Games but also how the Games can be used to showcase our city and our passion for Olympic sport.
“Paris is embarking on a journey of re-invention and our dream is to host an Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024 that reflects our city’s ambition, drive and desire to open up a dynamic and iconic Paris to everyone”.
Drut added, “the Paris 2024 project is evolving very well but as we continue on the path towards the IOC session in Lima next year, it’s vital that we listen and learn and continually sense check our plans. We are always looking for ways to enrich our bid to ensure we deliver a wonderful festival of sport in 2024 that leaves a real legacy for the people of Paris and France”.
Paris is bidding for the 2024 Games along with Rome, Los Angeles and Budapest. The host city will be selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in September, 2017.