IOC President visits Paris for 2024 'tour'
IOC President Thomas Bach was in Paris, Sunday. The French capital is bidding to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2024. President Bach finished the day at a football match between refugees and French athletes organised by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.
Earlier, the IOC President started the ‘We Run Paris’ 10km run near the Louvre. During the day President Bach visited a number of the famous venues in the heart of the city that form a key part of the Paris 2024 proposals.
The tour included the Grand Palais where Fencing and Taekwondo could take place, the Esplanade des Invalides which would host Archery, the banks of the River Seine where Triathlon and open water Swimming events could be held, the finish of the Road Cycling races on the Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower, which would provide a backdrop for Beach Volleyball.
Earlier, the Paris 2024 leaders presented their vision to President Bach at Cite du Cinema – a major European film industry hub and working studio in Saint-Denis that would serve as part of the Athletes’ Village in 2024.
Speaking during the visit the IOC President said, "Paris 2024 is a very strong candidate using some of the city's iconic sights as a backdrop for the Olympic Games.
It is a project in line with the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, particularly in terms of sustainability and legacy with 95 percent of proposed venues either already existing or temporary. It also puts athletes at the heart of the Games.
We are looking forward to a competition between world-class cities each of which delivers for the people of their city, region and country. We know that whoever hosts the Olympic Games in 2024 they will be exceptional."
During the day, the President of the French Republic François Hollande welcomed the IOC President at the Élysée Palace where the delegation enjoyed a private lunch with athletes, Presidents of French sport federations and sponsors.
On Saturday night, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo led President Bach on the Nuit Blanche tour, an annual cultural festival of arts, music and theatre in central Paris. President Bach was accompanied throughout the visit by co-Presidents of the Paris 2024 Candidature Committee, Bernard Lapasset and IOC member Tony Estanguet, as well as IOC member Guy Drut and French NOC President Denis Masseglia.