POSTED: September 10th 2016

Paris 2024 delegation attends Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

The Paris 2024 delegation at Rio 2016 © Paris 2024
The Paris 2024 delegation at Rio 2016 © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Paris 2024 Bid Committee has a delegation in Rio de Janeiro to attend the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The delegation will learn, listen, and obtain valuable knowledge from the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, the Paralympic Family, and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in a live Games atmosphere.

"We are excited to be attending the Paralympic Games in Rio where our bid delegation intends to listen and learn from the Paralympic Family and celebrate the amazing sporting action. We look forward to gaining valuable insights about the Paralympic hosting experience and the technical organization of the Games and we are delighted to be taking a senior delegation including Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo - emphasizing our commitment, unity and the strong political support for our bid," expressed Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Bernard Lapasset.

The delegation includes:

          ·         Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member, and               three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Tony Estanguet

          ·         Co-Chairman Lapasset

          ·         Paris 2024 CEO and Badminton Olympian, Etienne Thobois

          ·         Paris 2024 Athletes Committee Co-Chair and Paralympic Gold Medalist, Marie-              Amelie Le Fur

          ·         President of the French Paralympic Committee and Paralympic Bronze Medalist,              Emmanuelle Assmann

          ·         President of the French National Olympic Committee, Denis Masseglia   

          ·         Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo

          ·         IOC Member and Olympic Gold Medalist, Guy Drut

          ·         Secretary of State for Sport, Thierry Braillard

          ·         Head of Sports and Paralympic Integration at Paris 2024, Lambis Konstantinidis

"I would like to wish Team France the very best of luck as they embark on this life-changing journey at the Paralympic Games. It is an honor to be travelling to Rio and we aim to make the most of this opportunity to express how Paris 2024 intends to deliver a stunning and inspirational Paralympic Games in 2024 that celebrates world-class sporting talent and also leaves a genuine legacy across Paris and France by improving accessibility and raising awareness and participation in para-sport," commented President Assmann.

In addition, the bid will receive support in Rio from Paralympic Gold Medalist, Paris 2024 Athletes Committee Member and Team France Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Flag Bearer, Michael Jeremiasz.

Paris 2024 will also present their unique vision to deliver a memorable and thrilling Paralympics by showcasing the elite sporting excellence, while also increasing awareness and participation in para-sport. The bid further aims to improve accessibility for citizens with impairments all across France.

Mayor Hidalgo stated, "We see the Olympic and Paralympic Games as a single, united project - one that can lead to increased participation levels in sport and physical activity across all of society in Paris and France.  The Paralympic Games can be a catalyst for change that can open minds and create wonderful new opportunities enabling young people to express their ability and talents, not only in sport but across many different areas of life. After a successful Olympic Games, I'm delighted to be back in Rio to cheer on the athletes and I look forward to meeting with members from the Paralympic family during my visit."

** 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

Keywords · Paris 2024 · Rio 2016 · Paralympics · Olympic bidding · Rio 2016 Paralympic Games · IPC

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