POSTED: March 31st 2017

Paris 2024 unveils legacy vision for the Summer Olympics

Today is the anniversary of the stunning Eiffel Tower built in 1889 and shown in this bid graphic © Paris 2024
Today is the anniversary of the stunning Eiffel Tower built in 1889 and shown in this bid graphic © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Some fundamental pillars of Paris 2024's legacy program were unveiled by its Bid Committee as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Host City Decision in Lima, Peru nears.

The City of Light is bidding against Los Angeles to host the 2024 summer Olympic Games. 

Paris 2024 plans were set out in a presentation that showcased the city's passion for celebrating sport for the whole country for the 2024 Games and beyond.

"From the beginning of our bid, our ambition has been to offer a project that will leave a sustainable legacy for the 2024 generations, in France and worldwide. We want our Games to be first and foremost a legacy for the future," expressed Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Tony Estanguet.

At the heart of plans are three critical legacy initiatives, which include the following:

1.       An improved and more inclusive society through the use of sport.

2.       Infrastructure regeneration.

3.       An Olympic and Paralympic Games for the environment.

The first legacy is already being integrated into Paris 2024. Paris 2024 has partnered with Play International for a joint initiative called Playdagogie. The initiative will be embedded into French primary schools and encourages to learn through the use of sport. One million children have already benefited from this. Also, the French national curriculum has added the Olympic and Paralympic Schools Week that encourages children to get active and celebrates the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Paris 2024 will aid in funding NGOs to build a sustainable, more inclusive, and diverse France.

French Sports Minister, Thierry Braillard stated, "Our Olympic and Paralympic vision is for the future of France. This is an occasion to transform our nation through sport, using it as a powerful lever for social cohesion."

Secondly, Paris 2024 will rejuvenate many areas through the use of diverse venue locations that will bring more employment and housing opportunities to the regions. Moreover, over 16,000 schools will receive the benefit of improved sporting facilities as there are plans upgrading sport facilities and equipment for the betterment of the whole French region.

Lastly, Paris 2024 is committed to hosting the first Games to be fully aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement and making sure to have 55% less carbon emissions than London 2012, which would make it the greenest Games to ever be held. Furthermore, Paris 2024 will give its aid to NGOs and will continue its partnership organizations like the WWF France.

Paris Mayor, Anne Hidalgo commented, "The Olympic and Paralympic Games are a tremendous driving force for environmental and social progress. The Paris 2024 project will accelerate our plans to protect natural resources and limit greenhouse gas emissions, in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement."

This effort was a result of a year-long public consultation and it was the first of its kind to take place in Olympic bidding history. Journalist, entrepreneurs, artists, climatologist, international federations, the general public, students, and athletes were invited to share knowledge, experiences, and collaborate together to ensure Paris 2024 will leave a eternal impact on French society.

** 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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