POSTED: October 3rd 2016
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IOC President Thomas Bach concludes visit to Paris

President Hollande greets President Bach at the Elysee Palace © Paris 2024
President Hollande greets President Bach at the Elysee Palace © Paris 2024

President Bach and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo at the refugee match © Paris 2024
President Bach and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo at the refugee match © Paris 2024

President Bach starts the ‘We Run Paris’ 10km run in central Paris © Paris 2024
President Bach starts the ‘We Run Paris’ 10km run in central Paris © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach concluded his two-day visit to the city of Paris. The city is bidding for the rights to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.

"Paris 2024 is a very strong candidate using some of the city's iconic sights as a backdrop for the Olympic Games," commented President Bach.

President Bach began his final day near the Louvre museum for the 'We Run Paris' 6.2 mile (10km) run. 13,000 runners participated in the city's latest significant sporting occasion held in the city center. This showcases Paris' experience and expertise in hosting and delivering major sports events.

In addition, President Bach watched Paris 2024 bid leaders present their bid vision at Cite du Cinema, which is the proposed athletes' dining hall in the Athletes' Village. Paris 2024's presentation focused on their ambition to deliver an outstanding Games that harnesses the spirit of Olympism across France. Rio 2016 gold medalist, Estelle Mossely and Tony Yoka; and Rio 2016 silver medalist, Kevin Mayer were also present.

President Bach went on to tour various proposed venues and iconic locations including the Esplanade des Invalides, the Grand Palais, Champs Elysees, River Seine, and the Eiffel Tower.

President Bach said, "It is a project in line with the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 particularly in terms of sustainability and legacy with 95 percent of proposed venues either existing or temporary. It also puts athletes at the heart of the Games."

Furthermore, the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo led President Bach on the Nuit Blanche tour. The annual cultural festival is a 3.7 mile (6km) walk along the River Seine that passes many famous Parisian landmarks.

Mayor Hidalgo stated, "Paris is one of the world's most iconic, diverse and welcoming cities with cultural landmarks that will be turned into breath-taking venues offering an incredible live setting and stunning broadcast pictures - the perfect platform to showcase sport. It has been an honor to show President Bach our vibrant city rich with Parisian spirit, world famous art, theatre, cuisine, a love of life and a passion for the Games. We are ready for an amazing centenary party in 2024."

President Bach completed his visit at a refugee football match between refugee and French athletes, which was organized by Mayor Hidalgo. Before the match, President of the French Republic, Francois Hollande welcomed President Bach to enjoy a private lunch with Presidents of French sports federations, sponsors, and athletes at the Elysee Palace.

"I would like to thank President Bach for taking the time to visit Paris. It has been very useful to hear the President's views and understand how our bid and the city can help to share the values of Olympism and the Olympic Movement globally amongst a new generation in line with key principles of Agenda 2020," expressed Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Bernard Lapasset.

** 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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