POSTED: May 28th 2016

Paris 2024: Mayor Hidalgo visits China to learn more about the Olympic experience

(L-R) Mayor Hidalgo and Guy Drut visit the Bird's Nest Stadium © Paris 2024
(L-R) Mayor Hidalgo and Guy Drut visit the Bird's Nest Stadium © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) This week, the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo traveled to China to learn from their Olympic experiences gained by hosting the 2008 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. She also founded out about their preparations for the 2022 Winter Games.

"I'm thrilled to be here in China to learn about the successes of Beijing 2008 and plans for the 2022 Winter Games. Like France, China is a nation with amazing culture and heritage and it's great to share best practices in delivering the Games but also how the Games can be used to showcase our city and our passion for Olympic sport," expressed Mayor Hidalgo

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member and Olympic Gold Medalist, Guy Drut joined Mayor Hidalgo. During their time in China, they visited various venues used for the 2008 Games, including the Water Cube and Bird's Nest Stadium. The proposed venues for the 2022 Games were also included on the itinerary.

In addition, Mayor Hidalgo met with main members of the Beijing 2008 Organizing Committee and the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee. During the meetings, they discussed what it takes to host a successful Olympics. They also touched on the passion the city of Paris has for Olympic sport and their dynamic vision the city has for the 2024 Games.     

Mayor Hidalgo added, "Paris is embarking on a journey of re-invention and our dream is to host an Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024 that reflects our city's ambition, drive and desire to open up a dynamic and iconic Paris to everyone."

"The Paris 2024 project is evolving very well but as we continue on the path towards the IOC Session in Lima next year, it's vital that we listen and learn and continually sense check our plans. We are always looking for ways to enrich our bid to ensure we deliver a wonderful festival of sport in 2024 that leaves a real legacy for the people of Paris and France," concluded Drut.

** 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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