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IOC President Thomas Bach with Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo IOC/Christophe Moratal
01 Jul 2016
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Paris Mayor highlights Paris 2024 candidature during visit to IOC

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today welcomed the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, to the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, where they discussed the candidature of Paris to host the Olympic Games 2024. The Mayor was accompanied by the Paris 2024 Candidature Team.

President Bach said that he was delighted and honoured by Ms Hidalgo’s visit. “We feel that the Paris candidature is really unified. Your file is solid and your approach is in line with the principles of Olympic Agenda 2020, especially with regard to sustainability and legacy. I congratulate you on all the work accomplished so far,” he said at the end of the meeting. “We wish the Paris candidature every success,” he added.

The reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 for the candidature process aim to introduce more flexibility and diversity in the competition, with a strong focus on sustainability and legacy as top priorities for the Candidate Cities of Los Angeles (USA), Rome (Italy), Budapest (Hungary) and Paris (France).* President Bach added that with such a strong field, the candidature process for the Olympic Games 2024 will be a fascinating contest.

Mayor Hidalgo’s first visit to the IOC Headquarters concludes a cycle of official visits by each Candidate City to the IOC President in Lausanne. President Bach’s trip to Paris in October will complete his own round of visits to the four cities.

“I was delighted to meet with President Bach today and hear his thoughts on how our Paris 2024 bid is progressing,” said Hidalgo. “This was also an excellent opportunity to share Paris’ vision and ambition to deliver a spectacular Games in 2024 that will place sport and Olympism at the very heart of the city and across France. I look forward to working closely with my Paris 2024 colleagues to now take our bid to the next stage of the campaign. Our close collaboration is a great asset for our bid that underlines the unity between the city and the sports movement. I would like to extend my thanks to President Bach for his helpful views and for welcoming us in Lausanne.”

IOC President Thomas Bach with Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo IOC/Christophe Moratal

The Paris delegation included NOC President Denis Masseglia, Paris 2024 Co-President Bernard Lapasset and Director General Etienne Thobois. They were accompanied by IOC Members Guy Drut and Tony Estanguet, who is also Paris 2024 Co-President, as well as Olympic bronze medallist Muriel Hurtis-Houairi.

All four 2024 Candidate Cities are scheduled to meet in Lausanne from 12 to 15 July for individual workshops. The Candidature Process has now moved to Stage 2, which focuses on Governance, Legal and Venue funding. The workshops will cover these deliverables as part of the IOC’s continued dialogue with and assistance to the Candidate Cities in line with Olympic Agenda 2020, and follows successful workshops that were held in Stage 1: Vision, Games Concept and Strategy.

The Stage 2 meetings will be led by Associate Director - Olympic Candidatures Jacqueline Barrett, and will also include experts in the relevant fields. The content will be identical for each Candidate City and will focus on the following areas:

  • Financial matters
  • Governance and Legal Matters
  • Marketing

The meetings will take the form of presentations followed by detailed discussions, allowing the participants to fully address any relevant points and to assist the cities to continue building solid projects that fit with the long-term development plans of the city and region and will leave a sustainable legacy.

* Cities are listed in the order of drawing of lots

IOC President Thomas Bach with Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo IOC/Christophe Moratal
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