POSTED: October 31st 2016

Paris 2024 continues to strengthen hosting experience of major sporting events

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The passion for Olympic and Paralympic sport in Paris and across France has once again been showcased to the world as the BNP Paribas Masters international tennis tournament gets underway. The week-long tournament is expected to draw capacity crowds each day.

"It is great to see yet another major sports event taking place at one of our proposed venues for Paris 2024. Paris has hosted the ATP Masters 1000 for the last 30 years demonstrating our strong track record in delivering international sports events including multiple World Championships in Olympic sports and several world-renowned annual events. Our enviable reputation in major event delivery proves that Paris 2024 can be trusted partners for the Olympic and Paralympic Movement," expressed Paris 2024 Co-President, Tony Estanguet.

This is only the tip of the iceberg of the city's exceptional track record in delivering various major sporting events, giving Paris 2024 an edge in the bidding race for the 2024 Games. Also, the tournament's two prominent sponsors, BNP Paribas and AccorHotels, are among Paris 2024's 13 Official Partners.

Estanguet added, "This week we will see thousands of sports fans from across Paris and France showing their true passion for Olympic sport. Our promise is to harness this enthusiasm and help the Olympic Movement to create a new generation of fans globally by offering packed out venues and the best possible showcase for Olympism and Olympic and Paralympic sport."

In addition, proposed Paris 2024 venue, AccorHotels Arena, will host the world's best players during the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour Masters 1000 event. The arena is the proposed venue for the basketball finals, judo, and wheelchair basketball events during the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics.

The venue has proven its reputation for hosting major sporting events and has accommodated more than 30 million spectators. It recently underwent a large renovation in 2015 and is ready to host future championship events including the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship 2017, International Handball Federation (IHF) Men's World Handball Championships 2017, and United World Wrestling (UWW) World Senior Wrestling Championships 2017.

Moreover, the highpoint of the premier international team competition for women's tennis will take place in Strasbourg (eastern France) in November.

"As with many of our venues, the central location of the Paris Arena I is a key part of our city-center Games plan. The compactness of our plan means that the city center itself, bordered by the River Seine, will serve as the Olympic Park - hosting world class sport in iconic locations. The city center will be alive with fans traveling from venue to venue, either on foot or served by our first class public transport system," explained Estanguet.

The city of Paris has vast experience in hosting and delivering large scale events. These latest sporting events only strengthen Paris 2024's bid and showcase the city's growing resume to the world.

** 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

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