POSTED: July 1st 2016
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Olympics: Paris 2024 Candidature highlighted by Mayor Hidalgo during visit to IOC

(L-R) Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo and IOC President, Thomas Bach © IOC/CHRISTOPHE MORATAL
(L-R) Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo and IOC President, Thomas Bach © IOC/CHRISTOPHE MORATAL

Mayor Hidalgo accompanied by Paris 2024 Candidature Team © IOC/CHRISTOPHE MORATAL
Mayor Hidalgo accompanied by Paris 2024 Candidature Team © IOC/CHRISTOPHE MORATAL

Mayor Hidalgo and President Bach discuss Paris 2024 © IOC/CHRISTOPHE MORATAL
Mayor Hidalgo and President Bach discuss Paris 2024 © IOC/CHRISTOPHE MORATAL

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo was welcomed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Headquarters in Lausanne by IOC President, Thomas Bach. Mayor Hidalgo was accompanied by the Paris 2024 Candidature Team.

The Paris 2024 delegation included Paris 2024 Co-President, Bernard Lapasset; Paris 2024 Director General, Etienne Thobois; and National Olympic Committee (NOC) President, Denis Masseglia. Also, with the team was IOC Member and Paris 2024 Co-President, Tony Estanguet; Olympic bronze medalist, Muriel Hurtis-Houairi; and IOC Member, Guy Prut.

President Bach and Mayor Hidalgo met to discuss the candidature of Paris to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Bach expressed how delighted and honored he was by the visit.

After the meeting, President Bach stated, "We feel that the Paris candidature is really unified. Your file is solid and your approach is in line with the principles of Olympic Agenda 2020, especially with regard to sustainability and legacy. I congratulate you on all the work accomplished so far."

"We wish the Paris candidature every success," expressed President Bach.

He went on to add that the candidature process for the 2024 Games will be a fascinating contest with such a strong field.

The first visit to the IOC Headquarters by Mayor Hidalgo marks the conclusion of a cycle of Candidature City visits to the IOC. In October, President Bach will finish his round of visits to each Candidature City in Paris.

"I was delighted to meet with President Bach today and hear his thoughts on how our Paris 2024 bid is progressing," commented Mayor Hidalgo.

She added, "This was also an excellent opportunity to share Paris' vision and ambition to deliver a spectacular Games in 2024 that will place sport and Olympism at the very heart of the city and across France. I look forward to working closely with my Paris 2024 colleagues to now take our bid to the next stage of the campaign. Our close collaboration is a great asset for our bid that underlines the unity between the city and the sports movement. I would like to extend my thanks to President Bach for his helpful views and for welcoming us in Lausanne."

Stage 2

The next step for the 2024 bidding cities will be a Stage 2 meeting in Lausanne July 12-15 for individual workshops. Stage 2 focuses on Governance, Legal and Venue funding. 

Jacqueline Barrett, IOC Associate Director Olympic Candidatures, will lead the sessions together with her team of experts in these fields. The workshops will deal with financial matters, governance and legal matters, and marketing. The information will be the same for all bid cities but give them the opportunity to individually and uniquely develop their own plan. 

The meetings are designed to allow the individual cities to get feedback on their particular situations and offer advice for long-term development plans for the city and region and how to leave a sustainable legacy for the future.

** 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 www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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