POSTED: July 6th 2016

Olympics: Paris 2024 puts emphasis on the youth

The Generation 2024 Committee will contribute to the bid © Paris 2024
The Generation 2024 Committee will contribute to the bid © Paris 2024

The meeting convened at the Cité universitaire de Paris © Paris 2024
The meeting convened at the Cité universitaire de Paris © Paris 2024

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Paris 2024 bid to host the Olympic Games announced today a new Generation 2024 Committee designed to engage the youth across the country. The committee of 24 17-26 year olds will enhance youth support, participate in the campaign, help with the digital strategy and dialogue, and contribute proposals for the bid plan and legacy.

Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Tony Estanguet, explained, "Young people will be the primary benefactors of an Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris so it is vital that we engage them properly in our bid. The Games present us with a unique opportunity to place sport truly at the heart of the lives of young people and we are delighted to launch the Generation 2024 Committee to help us achieve this goal. Sport serves as central pillar to our community and hosting the Games in 2024 will further embed its values in everyday life in Paris, creating a strong social legacy for the youth population."

The Generation 2024 Committee kicked off for the first time yesterday and is made up of athletes, students, representatives of NGOs, representatives of Paris 2024 stakeholders and members of civil society.

"The inaugural meeting of the Generation 2024 Committee at the Cité universitaire de Paris - home to 12,000 students from 140 countries - is a wonderful symbol of youth and international culture," Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Bernard Lapasset. "Paris is a city that sets trends and it is important that we look to future to create a dynamic bid making use of the wonderfully creative young people in Paris and France who can contribute significantly. We are looking forward to working with the new committee to drive the bid forward with fresh ideas and concepts."

Sinatou Saka, journalist and Generation 2024 Committee member, commented on the initiative, "Young people in Paris and across France have a lot to offer to the Paris 2024 bid and I'm honoured to be part of the Generation 2024 Committee that will help bring the Games to our city.  We aim to bring new ideas and concepts to the project reflecting the energy and dynamism of Paris."

Paris is competing against Budapest, Los Angeles, and Rome to host the 2024 summer Games. The IOC will select their final bid city in September of 2017 in Lima, Peru.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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