POSTED: September 17th 2015

Olympics: Paris 2024 promises to bring the Eiffel Tower, the Champs de Mars and the Chateau de Versailles to their Olympic party

The Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysee / Bigstock
The Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysee / Bigstock

The palatial Chateau de Versailles / Bigstock
The palatial Chateau de Versailles / Bigstock

The Seine River and a view over the city / Bigstock
The Seine River and a view over the city / Bigstock

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The City of Lights is a putting together a star studded monumental Olympic bid. Already at the start, the Paris 2024 Olympic campaign can count on a plethora of landmarks to tie to the bid.

Paris is a world class tourism destination known as a culture and art mecca with heavy emphasis on cuisine and fashion. The city's celebrated monuments are numerous: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Sacre-Coeur, Louvre Museum, Grand Palais, Sorbonne, Notre Dame, Palais Garnier Opera, Orsay Museum, Champs Elysee, Chateau de Versailles, to name a few. All provide magnificent backdrops for great television coverage of the sports events.

Paris is competing against Budapest, Hamburg, Los Angeles, and Rome to host the 2024 summer Olympics and it will be a tight race indeed with so many cosmopolitan cities pitted against each other. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will have a tough job to choose between them as each and every one could do an excellent job.

However the French capital can present some unique opportunities that will have the athletes dreaming about winning that gold medal in front of a signature Parisian landmark.

Etienne Thobois, chief executive of Paris 2024, noted, "It is a very interesting point and it is part of the whole process in how we can best showcase our Olympics and Paralympics within our great city. And obviously as we are developing the plan we are thinking about showing iconic places in our bid plan.

"I think the Mayor has already talked about being able to swim in the Seine River and by that we are hoping that we are planning the long distance swimming and a leg of the triathlon in rivers having the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop.

"Obviously triathlon will be starting from the bottom of the Eiffel Tower. In the Paris 2012 bid we also had the beach volleyball in the Champs de Mars and we are planning to keep that plan in the 2024 bid.

"There are other things that we are studying right now like the last fencing world championships organized in Paris at the Grand Palais which is a structure that was built in the 1920's for the World Expo. It's a fantastic factor.

"We definitely think about showing those iconic places and the Chateau de Versailles is also on the map of our venues. So yes, we definitely will use some of those iconic venues to showcase the athletes and the Games."

Thobois also explained that the team is working on an idea of having the time trial cycling event starting at the Eiffel Tower and finishing at the Chateau de Versailles and added that there "may be other surprises" leaving the door open.

Mayor of Paris

Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, summed up very well the tourism strength of the bid, "Over the course of this bid campaign we will be highlighting Paris' strength as one of the world's most iconic, innovative, cosmopolitan, sporty and culturally rich cities whose historic landmarks and breath-taking venues would provide a stunning backdrop for the Games. 

"We will show how our vision fits perfectly with the social, environmental and infrastructure plans of the city and how we are committed to creating new sporting opportunities for young people who will be inspired by the power of the Games. It is also very important that this bid has the support of all three levels of government which provides certainty to all our pledges." 

The IOC will vote for their host city at the Lima, Peru session to be held in 2017 seven years prior to the staging of the Games.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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