POSTED: November 28th 2016

Olympics: Paris 2024 gains valuable insight from IOC Bid Workshop

Paris 2024 delegation attends IOC Bid Workshop © Paris 2024
Paris 2024 delegation attends IOC Bid Workshop © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) An International Olympic Committee (IOC) Candidate City Workshop was held in Lausanne, Switzerland last Friday and was attended by Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid Committee delegation. Discussions focused on the main themes surrounding Part Three of their Candidature File.

"We are so grateful to the IOC for inviting us to attend today's workshop in Lausanne, which has enabled us to benefit from the wealth of experience that the IOC has gained over the years. Today, we were able to get some feedback about the main features of our Games plan which gave us great confidence about the many assets and very robust character of our project. We feel we are firmly on track ahead of the delivery of the Candidature File Part 3 in February next year," expressed Paris 2024 Bid Chief Executive, Etienne Thobois.

Thobois led the delegation at the workshop. A full day was spent with the IOC Candidature City team as the delegation was briefed and given advice on critical aspects of Part Three of Paris 2024's Bid Book.

Thobois added, "We are even more confident that our commitment to deliver Games of Passion and Purpose is perfectly aligned with the IOC's vision and the Olympic Agenda 2020. Our fully guaranteed Games plan in the heart of a modern global City will ensure an outstanding experience for all, starting with the athletes and the fans. This passionate celebration of sport at the heart of the City of Light will also deliver a real and lasting legacy, both tangible and intangible. This is so important to us and to the IOC."

"Coming a few weeks before the submission of the third and final bid book, this workshop will help us to fine tune the Paris 2024 technical project. The very positive comments expressed today on our very compact Games plans, as well as the great feedback received after the International Federations' visits in Paris, show how Paris 2024 is ready to deliver a second to none experience for all stakeholders. This workshop was a great opportunity to underline our strengths," commented Paris Technical Director, Anthony Piqueras.  

In addition, Paris 2024 shared some of their own ideas and plans with the IOC at the technical workshop, which was dedicated to Games Experience, Delivery, and Venue Legacy. The bid team was able to gain valuable feedback from experienced IOC experts. The experts offered great insight on Games operations and services, including transport, sustainability, venue legacy, accommodation, security, and athlete experience. This advice will allow Paris 2024 to further fine tune their Games Plans before the delivery of the Candidature File Part Three on February 3, 2017.

Paris 2024 Impact and Legacy Director, Marie Barsacq stated, "This workshop has been particularly productive as legacy and sustainability are at the very heart of our project. With 95% of our venues either pre-existing or temporary, we are in the perfect position to use the eight years ahead of 2024 to focus on issues supporting social development such as education, accessibility, and health. Our vision for Paris 2024 is fully aligned with Olympic Agenda 2020 and has been reinforced by IOC comments."

"Today's workshop, together with the Official Debrief of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Tokyo next week, will allow us to fine tune our final bid book submission and enter the next phase of the campaign in very good shape and with great enthusiasm," concluded Thobois.

** 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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