France closes in on Olympic Games host bid

20th Apr 2015
France closes in on Olympic Games host bid

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and French president François Hollande met again earlier at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

On the agenda is a possible French Olympic bid from Paris for the Olympic Games 2024.

Paris moved a step closer to bidding for the 2024 Olympic Games earlier this month after the city council adopted a resolution in favour of hosting the Games.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the entire nation to be ready for 2024,” said president Hollande.

“We know there are steps and procedures to follow.


“Like in all competitions, there are rules to be respected. We received a lot of information today and we are thankful to the IOC,” he added.

President Bach was able to update the French president on the progress being made on the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, in particular the new Invitation Phase of the bidding process.

President Hollande stressed the commitment of the French sports and political leaders and added that innovation and technology will play a great role in any bid.

“France has a lot to offer to the Olympic Movement and already gave a lot thanks to Pierre de Coubertin.

“The entire country is behind this candidature.

“We also learned today that Paris 2024 will focus on the post-games legacy of the venues.

“This approach fits perfectly within the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020,” said the IOC president.

The Invitation Phase is designed to give the IOC the opportunity to ask potential bid cities how they see the Olympic Games best fitting into their long-term social, sports, ecological and economic environment.

It also gives the cities an opportunity to receive information and advice from the IOC on how best to achieve such legacies.

President Bach recommended that those responsible for considering a 2024 bid from Paris take full advantage of the Invitation Phase.

This was the third time the two leaders had met since President Bach was elected to his post in September 2013.


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