POSTED: September 15th 2015
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Olympics: Paris 2024 names triple gold Olympic Champion Estanguet as co-chair of the bid

(L to R) Paris Mayor, Anne Hidalgo, and Paris 2024 Co-President, Tony Estanguet, supporting the bid / Patrick Kovarik AFP Getty Images
(L to R) Paris Mayor, Anne Hidalgo, and Paris 2024 Co-President, Tony Estanguet, supporting the bid / Patrick Kovarik AFP Getty Images

Paris 2024 Co-President, Bernard Lapasset / Ben Hoskins Getty Images Sport
Paris 2024 Co-President, Bernard Lapasset / Ben Hoskins Getty Images Sport

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Paris 2024 kicks off their bid by naming International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and triple gold medal Olympic champion in canoeing, Tony Estanguet, as co-chair of the bid with Bernard Lapasset, head of World Rugby.

In a conference call with international Olympic media this morning, Etienne Thobois, chief executive of Paris 2024, announced the nomination explaining having an athlete at the top was a plus twinned with Estanguet's genuine passion about the Games plan.

"Politicians should not lead an Olympic bid and that's a lesson to learned," said Thobois. "We've looked into the various elements of previous bids and try to understand what we did right and wrong. There is a consensus now that there are no better people to speak to sports people than sports people, and athletes will be very much at the heart of this bid."

Estanguet said in a statement earlier this morning: "The French people have a passion not just for some but for all Olympic sport and this passion is embedded in French culture. The 2024 Games in Paris will add to this passion and boost interest and participation in all Olympic sport in Paris, across France and beyond.

"With a track record hosting a huge variety of sports in the recent past and over the next few years, as well as a being home to a large urban population of 11 million, Paris 2024 will deliver packed venues for every single sport across the Games."

Paris has finalized their submission of their applicant letter and officially joins the race with Budapest, Rome, Los Angeles, and Hamburg.

"Paris has been working hard over the past two years to prepare its bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and we are delighted now to express key elements of our vision and concept following the submission of our application letter to the IOC," said Lapasset, President of Paris 2024. 

"Paris 2024 would be the 100 year anniversary of the last time we hosted the Games so it is our promise to the Olympic Movement that a centenary Games here will be an outstanding celebration of Olympism and we would throw an amazing party to mark this momentous occasion. 

"The Games in the birthplace of the founder of the modern Olympic Movement, Pierre de Coubertin, will additionally be a wonderful tribute to the powerful global legacy he helped to create. It will remind us of a great sporting past and the enduring nature of Olympic values as we look to the future embracing innovation and the ongoing importance of inspiration and education." 

The IOC will select their host city in 2017 at the session in Lima, Peru.

**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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