POSTED: April 12th 2016

15,000 athletes encouraged to engage in Paris 2024 with launch of Athletes' App

Teddy Riner uses new Paris 2024 Athletes' App © Paris 2024
Teddy Riner uses new Paris 2024 Athletes' App © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Paris 2024 has made it easier for athletes to communicate and contribute their suggestions, insights, and ideas as the bidding process progresses through the use of a new mobile application (app). The Athletes' App was officially launched yesterday by the Paris 2024 Bid Committee and will be available on iOS and Android for free.

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

"We're delighted to launch the Athletes' App that will align us even closer with athletes who know what it takes to live and breathe major sporting events. Athletes are the heartbeat of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and it is vital that we draw upon their experience and knowledge as we continue to build our bid centered on innovation, inspiration, and communication," expressed Tony Estanguet, Paris 2024 Co-Chairman.

One of the several functionalities of the app will be an option for athletes to 'have a say' in the Paris 2024 bid project. Athletes will be able to draw on their experience and provide Paris 2024 with recommendations and ideas.

In addition, the overall Games concept will be outlined in the 'Discover Paris 2024' section. The app will also feature a game center and an events and news functionality that will alert athletes to the latest bid news. In the coming months, an English version will be available, along with an international copy of the app.

"It's never been easier to communicate with one another than in today's global marketplace, and we're utilizing our communication skills and technological capabilities to make our bid as strong as possible.  We're delighted to combine some of our brightest digital minds with the knowledge of our sporting superstars to build a Games befitting of Paris' global vision," added Estanguet.

Paris 2024 Athletes' Committee members, Jessica Harrison, Ludovic Besson, Gwladys Epangue, and Thierry Omeyer will aid the promotion of the app within the athlete community and help develop the app with new ideas. Furthermore, they will lead a mobile learning session that is dedicated to guiding athletes on how to use the app and get the most out of it. The session will be a part of a larger online workshop on how to use other social media platforms in an engaging and efficient way.  

With the launch of the Athletes' App, Paris 2024 will be able to utilize the experience, valued knowledge, and insights of athletes all across France.   

Bronze Medalist in Taekwondo at Beijing 2008, Gwladys Epangue stated, "It is vital that athletes have a voice in the development of the Paris 2024 bid, and the Athletes' App provides the perfect idea sharing platform. The app is fun to use, and its flexibility and versatility makes it a brilliant engagement tool allowing athletes across France to input their views in-between their busy competition schedules.

Estanguet commented, "The Athletes' App reflects the pioneering vision of the Paris 2024 bid and our tireless efforts to create an Olympic and Paralympic Games for the athletes, by the athletes. We want our sports stars to drive this bid and that not only means giving athletes central decision-making roles in the bid, but also engaging with athletes wherever they are."

"I'm looking forward to providing an e-learning session with my fellow Athletes' Committee members to help our sports stars get the most out of the app. With regular communication with our athlete community and by working collaboratively towards our shared goals we can present an Olympic and Paralympic Games vision that will engage and inspire the next generation of French Olympians," concluded Epangue.

** 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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