POSTED: March 31st 2016

Paris 2024 Co-Chairman Tony Estanguet and French President Hollande encourage sustainable development in sport

(L to R) French President, François Hollande, and Tony Estanguet © Paris 2024
(L to R) French President, François Hollande, and Tony Estanguet © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Triple Olympic Gold Medalist and Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Tony Estanguet and French President, François Hollande addressed executives and institutions from across France about the role sport can play in creating a greener society and sustainable development in sport.

Paris is bidding against Budapest, Los Angeles and Rome to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. 

The seminar is known as 'Onze Tricolour' and was run by UEFA EURO 2016, which is the European Football Championship that is set to take place this summer in 10 cities across the region.

The event was based on 11 core themes with health, economy, culture, employment, digital innovation, tourism, and accessibility is also being discussed. The French National Institute of Sport and Physical Education (INSEP) will host the seminar.

In addition, with a team of seven innovative entrepreneurs, Estanguet led the sustainable development element of the symposium. Also, a new software tool that will allow travel optimization during sports events called Optimouv was unveiled, along with other initiatives.

Furthermore, at the heart of the Paris 2024 project are sustainable innovations and green initiatives. The Paris 2024 Bid Committee is also in the process of creating an Environmental Excellency Committee.

"I was honored and delighted to be alongside President Hollande at INSEP to discuss how sport can implement environmental initiatives to help contribute to a greener society. It's vital that we do what we can to look after our planet and as one of the world's biggest and most popular industries, sport has an important part to play. This seminar led by UEFA EURO 2016 reaffirms France's commitment to sustainable development in relation to major sport events," expressed Estanguet.

He went on to add, "Paris 2024 is fully committed to sustainable development and 95% of our proposed competition venues already exist or will be temporary structures. Following the 2024 Games, the Athletes' Village and Media Village will be converted into a new 'Eco-City' with 5,000 homes for local people. Once finalized, this innovative and environmentally-sensitive area will form a diverse, pleasant and multi-functional urban center in Paris.

"The Paris 2024 bid has been constructed with sustainability front of mind, and we're excited to confirm that we will soon be launching an Environmental Excellency Committee to oversee and develop environmental initiatives. We're looking forward to providing more details on this matter in the coming weeks," concluded Estanguet.

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

** 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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