POSTED: December 31st 2016

Olympics: Paris 2024 looks back at a successful year as 2017 draws near

The Eiffel Tower is an icon and a symbol of the city © Bigstock
The Eiffel Tower is an icon and a symbol of the city © Bigstock

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) As Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid's leaders look back on 2016, they take the chance to thank the global sporting family and share their hope for an exciting year to come. Paris is bidding against Budapest and Los Angeles to host the summer Games of 2024.

"On behalf of Paris 2024, I also want to thank the IOC, International Federations, National Olympic Committees and the broader Olympic Family for all their support and guidance to our bid during 2016. Their advice has been invaluable as our bid concepts and plans have developed during the year," expressed Paris 2024 Co-Chair, Tony Estanguet.

2016 was an Olympic year that saw the first Olympic Games take place in South America as Rio 2016 put on a stunning display. Paris 2024 would like to thank the Olympic Family, including the international media, Olympic Committees, International Sports Federations, fans, and athletes who collectively participated in making 2016 a truly successful Olympic year.

Estanguet stated, "2016 has been a wonderful year of sport and the Paris 2024 team was thrilled and honored to experience the wonderful Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and many other fantastic sporting events across the world...Witnessing so many world-class, talented athletes compete for glory with determination always reminds us about why we are bidding for the Games and how sport can be a positive and inspiring force for humanity. Paris 2024 will harness this spirit and ensure that our Games of passion and purpose can be shared with the world to create real and lasting community legacies."

Furthermore, leaders of Paris 2024 would like to pay tribute to those that have aided them in their project to create an excellent Olympic bid for the 2024 Games. Such individuals and organizations, which include young sports fans and ambassadors, all levels of government in France, sports organizations, athletes, and bid committee staff.

"I also want to thank everyone working at Paris 2024 and all our valued supporters and stakeholders, as well as the millions of passionate sports fans backing our bid, for helping to build a great project together. Our collective hard work continues in 2017 when we hope to achieve the ultimate goal of being the honored host of the Games in 2024," commented Paris 2024 Co-Chair, Bernard Lapasset.

He added, "Our bid has galvanized the people of Paris and France, which reflects our nation's real passion for the Games and all Olympic sport. This passion for sport and our record for hosting major sporting events successfully and safely in stunning city locations is a great platform for our Olympic and Paralympic bid - and we now look forward to an exciting 2017 when we will continue to express this sporting passion and our other key strengths to the international sporting community."

Moreover, Paris 2024 reaffirmed their excitement going into 2017 as they look forward to furthering the bid's efforts. The new year will bring significant bid milestones such as the beginning of the international campaign phase, Bid Book Three submission, visit of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission, and 2024 Host City election.

** 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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