POSTED: June 6th 2017
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Olympics: European Parliament stands with Paris 2024 bid plan

(L to R) Bernard Lapasset, Co-Chair of Paris 2024, Laura Flessel, Double Olympic Champion and French Minister of Sport, and President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani © Paris 2024
(L to R) Bernard Lapasset, Co-Chair of Paris 2024, Laura Flessel, Double Olympic Champion and French Minister of Sport, and President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani © Paris 2024

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Today the Paris 2024 Olympic bid committee received the backing of the European Parliament in Brussels giving it a boost with the legislative arm of the European Union coming out in support of the project. Paris is bidding against Los Angeles to host the summer Olympics.

A top level delegation led by Paris 2024 Co-Chair Bernard Lapasset and accompanied by France's newly-named Minister of Sports, Olympian Laura Flessel, presented the bid plan to the European Parliament's Sport Intergroup today, which brings together 92 members from 21 different countries to address themes relevant to sport in the region.

President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, backed by Marc Tarabella and Santiago Fisas, co-Presidents of the body's Sport Intergroup, all proclaimed backing to the European bid and the French capital.

Recently Laura Flessel was given a warm welcome for the Paris 2024 project by her counterparts, the European Sports Ministers, also meeting in Brussels on 23 May.

Bernard Lapasset, Co-Chair of Paris 2024, commented, "We are very pleased to have been able to present our project to the Ministers of the European Parliament and warmly welcome the support of the parliament, through its President Antonio Tajani. Paris 2024 is a project to be shared in France, Europe and the world and the support of the European Parliament further demonstrates strong unity around our candidature."

Laura Flessel, Double Olympic Champion and French Minister of Sport, noted, "The impact of Paris 2024 extends far beyond France. I am proud of the enthusiasm that it promotes in our European neighbours, as was seen at the meeting of the EU Council of Sports Ministers on 23 May and at the European Parliament today. This mobilisation shows Paris 2024 is a unifying project with values ​​that unite us as Europeans."

Paris is the only European bid still standing after Hamburg, Rome and Budapest all fell out of this race.

This week the IOC Executive Board is meeting in Lausanne and will be hearing two reports one on the possibility of awarding the 2024 and 2028 Games from this campaign. The other will be dealing with how to go forward with the 2026 winter Games bidding plan.

There are less than 100 days to go to the planned Lima IOC Session however things might be sorted out prior to that depending on what comes out of this week's meeting and how the technical meeting in July proceeds.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.


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