POSTED: March 17th 2016

Olympics: New Generation members added to Paris 2024 Athletes' Committee

New ‘Generation 2024’ members to its Athletes’ Committee © Paris 2024
New ‘Generation 2024’ members to its Athletes’ Committee © Paris 2024

Paris 2024 Athletes’ Committee members © Paris 2024
Paris 2024 Athletes’ Committee members © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The newest members of Paris 2024's Athletes' Committee were announced, yesterday, by the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Bid Committee. Decathlete Ludovic Besson (age 18) and Wrestler Koumba Larroque (age 17) were elected to the committee by their fellow athletes.

Both Besson and Larroque are from 'Generation 2024,' which is a generation of young French athletes who may have the chance to compete in their home country if Paris were awarded the 2024 Games. They also competed at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Now the committee has 24 total members including Stéphane Diagana, Laura Flessel, Florian Rousseau, Gwladys Epangue, Michael Jérémiasz, Marie Bochet, Brahim Asloum, Sébastien Flute, and Thierry Omeyer. The Athletes' Committee has played a pivotal role in mobilizing and driving the bid forward. This all goes with Paris 2024's ambition to deliver a Games for the athletes, by the athletes.  

Meeting on a regular basis, the committee is Co-Chaired by Marie-Amélie Le Fur, Paralympic Champion in Athletics and Teddy Riner, Judo Olympic Champion. Also, Jean-Phillipe Gatien, two-time Olympic medallist in Table Tennis and Bid Sports Director; and Tony Estanguet, Paris 2024 Co-Chair will also make significant contributions to workshops and meetings. They will focus on furthering the activation and mobilization of athletes across Franc, along with consultation with the technical elements related to the overall Games project and proposed venues.

In addition, Estanguet paid tribute to the critical role athletes have played in Paris 2024's bid over the years through the High-Level Athletes Committee (FSNOC) and as part of the Athletes' Committee. These committees have played a crucial role in putting together the Paris 2024 Candidature File, which was submitted to the International Olympic Committee. It highlighted the compact concept that places the Olympians at the center of the action.

The high presence of athletes has been seen throughout events held by Paris 2024. Over 150 athletes attended the official bid launch in June 2015, and more than 300 were present for the reveal of bid concept and visit last month.

Furthermore, athletes will continue to play a vital role as the Paris 2024 Observer Program at Rio 2016 draws near. The bid committee is also trying to develop a mobile application, which will allow athletes to communicate with the bid. This will make it easier for them to contribute their suggestions, insights, and ideas.

"We're delighted to welcome Koumba Larroque and Ludovic Besson as the newest members of the Paris 2024 Athletes' Committee. It was crucial for us to bring together different generations of athletes to play a key role in the bid and we now have a diverse mix of great Olympians, current athletes and young champions who are driving the project forward," expressed Estanguet.

He added, "Athletes are the heart and soul of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and this is why we want them to be the architects of the Paris 2024 bid - they know what it takes to compete at the highest level on the greatest sporting stage.  I'd like to say a huge thank you to the athletes that have played such a major part in the Paris bid from day one."

"In the coming weeks and months, the role of the athletes in the bid will continue to grow and develop as we prepare for the Rio 2016 Observer Program where we will watch, listen, learn and continue to shape the Paris 2024 vision. We're also very excited about the new mobile app under development that will allow athletes across France to engage with the bid and share their unique insights," stated Estanguet.

He concluded, "We are very proud of the integral role played by our athlete community throughout this bid so far, and we will continue to harness their energy and enthusiasm as we continue in our ambition to deliver an Olympic and Paralympic Games for the athletes, by the athletes."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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