POSTED: April 13th 2015

Paris moves closer to a centennial bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics

The vote today at the Paris city council posted on Twitter by Jean-Francois Martins, advisor to the Mayor of Paris for sport © @jfmartins
The vote today at the Paris city council posted on Twitter by Jean-Francois Martins, advisor to the Mayor of Paris for sport © @jfmartins

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Today the Paris city council voted in favor of another bid in an effort to bring the Games back to the City of Lights to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the 1924 Olympics. Telling the story of the hundred year anniversary could be a very compelling element for the world class tourism destination.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told the Associated Press (AP), "This is a historical vote that marks an important moment of our collective life. We are now committed to the Olympic adventure."

Even though Paris lost the 2012 race to London, the high profile city now enters the race that Boston, Hamburg and Rome already started. 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), through its Olympic Agenda Reforms, passed last year at the Monaco Session has revitalized the interest in bidding for the Games. After a challenged 2022 campaign that saw a number of cities fall out of the race, 2024 seems to be getting started with a lot more interest.

The next step for the Paris campaign is that according to AP and Agence France-Presse (AFP), French President Francois Hollande will travel to talk with IOC chief, Thomas Bach, this Thursday. Then they will fine tune their proposal and are expected to launch in June. 

Since the IOC is holding crucial 2022 technical meetings June 9-10 in the Olympic Capital with the whole assembly in attendance, it would make sense to launch just prior. That would allow them to take advantage of the meetings for the French IOC members to start lobbying.

The deadline to submit bids to the IOC is mid-September, and the final vote will take place at the IOC session in Lima, Peru in 2017. 

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