Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

French President Macron Plans To Push Paris Olympic Bid For 2024

French President Macron Plans To Push Paris Olympic Bid For 2024

"We didn't discuss at all the 2024-28 topic", said Paris 2024 co-chair Tony Estanguet, who would head the Local Organising Committee (LOCOG) should the French capital be awarded the Games a century after it last hosted the sports extravaganza.

Baumann also refused to be drawn on whether the confirmed presence at the decisive vote in Lima on September 13 of newly-installed French President Emmanuel Macron could hand Paris the advantage should U.S. counterpart Donald Trump not be present for Los Angeles.

Mr Macron said he would go to Lausanne, Switzerland, for a key IOC meeting in July and to Lima, Peru, in September, where the committee makes its final decision, according to members of the Paris bid team.

"Both cities have an Olympic tradition, venues ready to use and dedicated teams", he continued.

PARIS Paris's plans for an Olympic Village will work for 2024 but can not be put on hold for the Games in 2028, bid officials said on Monday.

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Patrick Baumann said neither city presented a risk, saying it came down to a choice of the 95 members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) between "two different visions" on how the Summer Games be held.

Olympic officials admitted that they would have to "really nitpick" to find fault after spending Monday inspecting potential sites for the Paris 2024 bid.

In addition, the bid committee said new public transport infrastructure will make the village more accessible, with the creation of a new train station, and a road interchange that should make it accessible from the center of Paris in about 20 minutes by vehicle. "Both cities are obviously different in historic and cultural background, and the way of how sport is organized in the respective countries, but if you are asking whether there are any concerns that might pose a threat, we do not see any", he said. "2024-2028 was not a matter of discussion".

Baumann, however, stopped short of giving hints on whether the City of Lights will host the games in 2024, or four years later.

The French government has pledged one billion euros ($1.1 billion) of support for the Paris bid and Macron is expected to confirm that amount.

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Paris is also betting on the compactness of its plans to make the difference.

With the pro-business and pro-EU Macron, Paris bid leaders have a strong supporter.

Joining Thuram at the Stade de France to press home the virtues of choosing Paris were Beijing Games 100m swimming champion Alain Bernard and multiple Paralympic champion Marie-Amelie Le Fur.

The French might also enjoy a political advantage after new president Emmanuel Macron met with evaluators and promised to be an active presence in the bid.

On Monday, he told Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo the bid stimulated the kind of national optimism he hopes to generate during his mandate. They said 84 percent of the athletes would be able to reach their competition venues in less than 25 minutes, and the Olympic stadium and aquatics center were within two kilometers (1.2 miles) of the proposed village.

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"The expertise, the motivation, the passion and enthusiasm shown by this team was very impressive", commented IOC Evaluation Commission chairman Patrick Baumann at a press conference. "It's hard to give them less than 10 out of 10".

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