Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Olympics 2024: Hidalgo welcomed the candidacy of Paris – Les Echos

+ + VIDEO CARD – This is the fourth Paris Olympic bid in nearly 30 years (after 1992, 2008 and 2012)

Paris chose to officially announce his candidacy on Tuesday at the Olympics-2024, the culmination of a long process after several failures, and kicks off two-year campaign that will end in the summer 2017 in the election of the host city of the Olympic Games.

The choice of date is symbolic, since 23 June is World Olympic Day, referring to the date Creation of the modern Olympic Games on June 23, 1894. The formalization of a more than expected nomination took place at midday at a ceremony in eminently sporty tone, which will be attended many Olympic champions, including Laura Flessel Laure Manaudou, Marie-Jose Perec, Lavillenie and Teddy Riner. It will be followed by a rally of supporters of the Olympics, on the banks of the Seine


” very solid foundations “

The Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo (PS) Tuesday welcomed the” very strong foundation “of the now official candidacy of Paris, which she assumed according to question past failures.

“Often these are the foundations that are after, the adventure can go to completion . There, the foundations are very solid, “said Anne Hidalgo to the press, questioned about her reluctance to embark on the adventure. “You have to be truly committed and sure to win, having strong foundations,” she insisted.

“Leaving without asking the question of our previous failures would been a mistake. It would have been a lightness, “insisted Anne Hidalgo.

The Paris bid is” light by the atmosphere, but is strong and solid foundation by which allowed both to take stock of what had we lost, but also to build the conditions to win, “said the socialist town councilor


This is the fourth nomination Paris nearly 30 years (after 1992, 2008 and 2012). “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 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).

Progressive Method

Alongside Lapasset, champion of sports diplomacy, boss of a International Rugby chipée the Anglo-Saxons, the architect of the entry of Sevens in OJ program and respected as such of IOC members, 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.

Under their leadership, supporters of the record have been working since early 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 s ‘Sometimes ensure political support the less obvious, such as the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, long reluctant.

Francois Hollande welcomed on the Twitter account of the Elysee, the Paris bid. “This is a great project carried by a noble cause in the name of universal values, equality and fraternity enacted by Baron Pierre De Coubertin and defended by the IOC”


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 . This will be done Tuesday, World Olympic Day, wink supported the IOC.

Especially as the current project, evolving of course, learns 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, essential places in Paris and will benefit the Greater transmission network Paris, already planned

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New challenge: popular support

Paris therefore declares having stopped many essential choice, then announced that its competitors (Boston, Hamburg, Rome and probably Budapest) are much less advanced in their plans, more than two months from the date of filing Nominations to the IOC on September 15.

The websites of facilities to be constructed are almost all identified with the notable exception of the Olympic village for two to three areas which are still competition, mainly in Seine-Saint-Denis which could also establish the pool. And the designation of the host city for sailing events will not be long, just like the stadiums selected for the soccer tournament.

The slogan “I want the Games” should accompany the campaign. And financing plan (around EUR 60 million) is in the pipes including an appeal scheduled to crowdfunding to be launched in late September with all the French to unite a still divided population on the project, especially on its financial and tax benefits.

For the greatest challenge ahead for Paris-2024 in the two years campaign that will end in Lima, in the summer of 2017, is convince, France and beyond borders. The IOC and its hundreds of voters are indeed sensitive to the highest point on the support of citizens to Olympic projects. Well put together and well born, the Paris-2024 folder should now appeal.

Source AFP

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