POSTED: December 12th 2016
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Olympics: 15th edition of Etoiles du Sport aims to inspire Generation 2024 athletes

Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Tony Estanguet (center) with French athletes and Olympians at the 15th edition of Etoiles du Sport © Paris 2024
Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Tony Estanguet (center) with French athletes and Olympians at the 15th edition of Etoiles du Sport © Paris 2024

Estanguet at the 15th edition of Etoiles du Sport © Paris 2024
Estanguet at the 15th edition of Etoiles du Sport © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The 15th edition of Etoiles du Sport began Sunday (December 11th) in La Plagne. The week-long gathering gives athletes the opportunity to promote the values sport, review 2016, and look to 2017. Etoiles du Sport aims to inspire future Olympic stars, prepare them for activities relating to Paris 2024, and further engage young people with Paris 2024 across France.

Paris is bidding against Budapest and Los Angeles to host the 2024 Summer Games.

"The Paris 2024 bid is led by athletes and powered by the collective energy and will of France's national sports movement and the 15th edition of Etoiles du Sport is the perfect example of this in action. I am thrilled that we are presented with the opportunity to share our experience and insights in elite sport with the next generation of athletes - fueling further their passion for sport and preparing them for the incredible opportunity of competing at a home Games," expressed Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Tony Estanguet.

150 French athletes, including 70 Olympians, gathered with 'Generation 2024' athletes to share their knowledge, insights, and experiences. 'Generation 2024' athletes are the future French sports stars that will be ready to compete at the 2024 Games.

Rio 2016 Boxing Silver Medalist and Paris 2024 Sport and Society Committee member, Sarah Ourahmoune stated, "I am honored to be here with my fellow athletes to celebrate French sport and discuss how sport can have an even bigger positive impact on French society by utilizing the Olympic and Paralympic Games as a catalyst to drive real change. Our athlete community has played an integral role in the bid so far and we will continue to harness their energy and enthusiasm as we continue in our ambition to deliver an inspirational Games in 2024 that captures the imagination of the next generation of Olympic stars."

The main focus of the gathering will be the Paris 2024 Olympic Bid. Discussions will focus on the future of sport across France; the part Paris 2024 will play in the placing sport and Olympism at the heart of French society; and how the athlete community can contribute to the final bid stage. This will add to the work that the Paris 2024 Athletes' Committee and various athletes have carried out to propel the project forward.

Estanguet concluded, "Our promise is to place sport and Olympism at the heart of society across Paris and France helping the Olympic Movement to create a new generation of fans globally. We are looking forward to a productive week discussing how Paris 2024 can be a Games of passion and purpose, celebrating sport in the heart of a truly global city."

The IOC will vote on their final host city next September in Lima, Peru. 

** 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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