The launch of the new Paris 2024 emblem was one of the main milestones highlighted by the Paris 2024 Organising Committee during the 4th Delivery Partners Meeting in the French capital this week (26-27 November 2019). The emblem, which was launched on 21 October, marked another stage in the preparations for the 2024 Games, as it provided a new face for Paris’ vision for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This new face was well received by the French population, with 83 per cent of people saying that they liked it, and this number rising to 90 per cent for those aged between 15 and 25.
Speaking after the visit, the Chair of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant, commented, “The Paris 2024 Organising Committee, under the leadership of Tony Estanguet, has completed a remarkable amount of work over the past five months. The new Paris emblem has been warmly welcomed by the French population; the first 500 towns,ties and regions have been announced for the ‘Terre de Jeux 2024’ project; a second French domestic partner has been signed; and all the major Games planning milestones have been reached.”
He continued, “If you add to this the progress being made on the Olympic Village, we leave Paris very excited about the coming year, which will see a combination of important decisions and special events for these Games. Whether it is the finalisation of venue locations or receiving the Olympic flag at the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024 is preparing to show the world the best of France and a spectacular edition of the Olympic Games.”
During the meeting, representatives from the IOC and the International Paralympic Committee received updates from the Paris organisers on the progress made in a number of key technical areas, such as the launch of 100 per cent of the Games delivery plan components and the finalised Paralympic venue masterplan.
They were also informed about how Paris 2024 is continuing to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games to the whole of France. This included an update on the Terre de Jeux 2024 project, which saw the first 500 towns, cities and regions given the Terre de Jeux 2024 label this month. Of these 500, 416 are candidates to become training centres for the Games, in addition to contributing to the three big objectives of the project: celebration, legacy and engagement.
The President of Paris 2024, Tony Estanguet, said, “We are pleased to have the IOC working with us and being so receptive to new ideas. As it has right since the start of this project. We saw this with our Terre de Jeux programme and the positive reaction to our work with the WWF. We are lucky to be working with such an open-minded team. For us, this is an invitation to think outside the box and do things differently. And we share this ambition with the IOC.”
French businesses and civil society are also getting involved in the Paris 2024 project, with EDF becoming the second domestic partner of the 2024 Games, while WWF France and Paris 2024 have agreed to work together on a programme looking at the ecological transition of sport. Their work will seek to deliver concrete actions and undertake full-size experiments during sports events.
Finally, the participants were delighted to hear that the first developers had been appointed for the Olympic Village project. The Village project continues to advance on time, with all major milestones currently being met.
The next Delivery Partners Meeting in Paris is expected to be in March 2020.
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