The choice of date is symbolic, since 23 June is World Olympic Day, in reference to the date of creation of the modern Olympic Games June 23, 1894.
The formalization of a more than expected nomination took place at midday at a ceremony in eminently sporty tone, attended many Olympic champions, including Laura Flessel, Laure Manaudou, Marie-Jose Perec, Lavillenie and Teddy Riner.
The latter admits to “dreamed of living Olympics in France. I live them in another way, perhaps behind a coach chair, but it would be wonderful to live! “
It is followed now by a rally of supporters of the Olympics, on the banks of the Seine. The fourth Paris bid in nearly 30 years (after 1992, 2008 and 2012) begins auspiciously. “We learned the lessons of past failures and tried to do things methodically and in a consistent order” , said Bernard Lapasset, president of the Association and Olympic Ambition boss expected future bid committee .
The project proponents were initially convinced the political and business men too present in the past, let them center stage. More Claude Bébéar as for 2008, or Bertrand Delanoë (2012).
Alongside Lapasset champion of sports diplomacy, boss of a International Rugby chipée the Anglo-Saxons, artisan the entry of Sevens in OJ program and respected as such of the members of the IOC, it is not a defector found in the organizational chart, but Tony Estanguet, triple Olympic champion in canoeing, newly elected to the IOC, where he has already won by his attendance.
A project under 6 billion euros
Under their leadership, supporters of the record have been working since the beginning 2014 in a phased approach, defining in a feasibility study and the great opportunity technical features, the stakes, the odds, the context of a possible candidacy, before ensuring the sometimes less obvious political support, such as the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, long reluctant.
It was clear in the minds of all the artisans in the file that the application was to come top word work and not precede it. This will be done on Tuesday June 23 “World Olympic Day” , a nod to the IOC supported.
Especially as the current project, of course evolutionary, draws lessons from the Agenda 2020 package of measures presented by the IOC in December 2014 to introduce a modest project (less than 6 billion) that reuses many existing or planned infrastructure, and essential Parisian places benefit of the transport network for Greater Paris, already planned.