POSTED: March 3rd 2016

Olympics: Rugby chief Bernard Lapasset to dedicate all his efforts to Paris 2024

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Bernard Lapasset, Co-Chairman of the Paris 2024 Bid Committee, has decided to dedicate all his energies to the Paris 2024 Olympic bid.

Lapasset will not seek re-election as Chairman of World Rugby a position that he has held since 2007 and said, "After careful consideration I have taken the decision not to seek a further term of office as Chairman of World Rugby. I am proud of my time at the helm of World Rugby, the progress made and excited by what lies ahead for our sport, including the debut of Rugby 7s at Rio 2016. 

"My decision will allow me to devote more time to my role as Co-Chairman of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid. We are now entering into the heart of the campaign and nothing would give me greater pleasure than bringing the Games back to Paris ‎for a real centenary celebration of Olympism in 2024. I hope to have the honour of being part of a successful bid from my home country, something that would be so special for me personally and for the people of France."

Tony Estanguet, Co-Chairman of the Paris 2024 Bid Committee, added, "Bernard's vast experience presiding over Rugby's most successful era is acknowledged around the world and this expertise in global sport and leading a successful International Federation are important assets for Paris 2024.

"This announcement is a great boost for our bid and I look forward to working closely with Bernard to showcase our city's unique Games vision and compelling message as the campaign continues to gather pace."

Paris is running against Budapest, Rome, and Los Angeles to host the 2024 summer Olympics and the final decision will be voted in Lima, Peru in September 2017.

**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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