POSTED: September 14th 2016
NewsUpdate

'Tour of France' launched by Paris 2024 to promote the Olympic bid and gain support nationwide

'Tour of France' first stop is the Mediterranean port city of Marseille © Paris 2024
'Tour of France' first stop is the Mediterranean port city of Marseille © Paris 2024

Paris 2024 Co-Chairman and triple Olympic gold medalist, Tony Estanguet joins the tour © Paris 2024
Paris 2024 Co-Chairman and triple Olympic gold medalist, Tony Estanguet joins the tour © Paris 2024

'Tour of France' first stop is the Mediterranean port city of Marseille © Paris 2024
'Tour of France' first stop is the Mediterranean port city of Marseille © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Paris 2024 has launched a 'Tour of France' initiative to mark one year to go until the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awards the hosting rights for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The initiative will promote the bid's unique vision and build on the strong public support as bid leaders tour cities in France outside the Paris region.

The first stop of the tour is the Mediterranean port city of Marseille, which is the European Capital of Sport for 2017 and will potentially host Olympic sailing events, along with football at the newly renovated Stade Velodrome. The Mayor of Marseille, Jean-Claude Gaudin will host the delegation for the tour.

The delegation will be led by Paris 2024 Co-Chairman and triple Olympic gold medalist, Tony Estanguet. He will be joined by numerous athletes including Christophe Lemaitre (athletics); Renaud Lavillenie (vault); Rio 2016 gold medalist, Denis Gargaud-Chanut (canoe); and Rio 2016 silver medalist, Kevin Mayer (decathlon).

"We are delighted to mark one year to go to Lima and begin our Tour of France here in Marseille - a fantastic sports city which will play a big role in a Paris 2024 Games. We are proposing a bid for all of France and nationwide support is very important to us - we are looking forward harnessing this opportunity to visit many regions in France to promote the unique vision of the bid, engage with the public and build on the strong support. This is the beginning of an exciting new phase for the bid," expressed Estanguet.

Rio 2016 470 Sailing bronze medalist, Helen Defrance added, "Marseille is a wonderful sailing venue with optimal conditions for world class, Olympic competition. The spectacular scenery will serve as a magnificent backdrop for TV audiences and fans here at the venue. I have no doubt that sailing in Marseille would be one of the big success stories of the Paris 2024 Games."

Furthermore, Estanguet will lead a 2024m fun run with help from athletes and school children. It will start at the Corniche and travel past Borely Park, the proposed 2024 Sailing venue, then finish at the Stade Velodrome.

In addition, the Paris 2024 delegation will meet at Palais de La Bourse with CEO's of local companies to discuss the economic benefits for Marseille if they host various Olympic events.

Estanguet stated, "I would like to thank the Mayor of Marseille, Jean-Claude Gaudin, for hosting us to today and it is wonderful to see so many people in this city, especially children, and athletes, supporting our bid. Hosting Olympic events in Marseille is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase another part of France and I know this will add a very special element to what will be a wonderful festival of sport and Olympism in 2024."

After Marseille, the tour will continue to Nantes from September 16-17 and will visit six other cities before February 2017. The delegation will engage and consult with city representatives from all areas of society. They will gather feedback and ideas that will help them build on their 2024 bid plans.

** 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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