IOC and IPC praise engagement and optimisations central to Paris 2024’s plans to deliver new era of Games

IOC and IPC praise engagement and optimisations central to Paris 2024’s plans to deliver new era of Games

Lausanne, December 2, 2020: On 1 and 2 December 2020, a joint Delivery Partners Meeting, a Coordination Commission update and a Joint Steering Forum, involving the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Paris 2024 and its local stakeholders, were organised remotely.

This gave the Organising Committee the opportunity to provide updates on its preparations to deliver an iconic, new model for the Games – fit for a post-corona world.

With sport as the core, hosting spectacular and sustainable Games that leave a lasting legacy for Paris, Seine-Saint-Denis, the Paris region and the wider French population remains the priority for the Organising Committee.

Speaking after the meeting, IOC Coordination Commission Chair Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant said: “Planning towards the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 is not only on track; it’s really going above and beyond, fully embracing the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020 and the New Norm.

The creativity and flexibility shown by all delivery partners is significantly contributing to further efficiencies, all of which will help strengthen key elements like the sports programme and legacy initiatives.

Paris is confirming its commitment to deliver a new era of Games, fit for a post-corona world, in a convincing way.”

This positive and progressive thinking will be key for all of us over the coming months as the spotlight turns to Paris upon the handover of the Olympic flag from Tokyo 2020 next August.”

Craig Spence, the IPC’s Chief Brand and Communications Officer, said: “Paris 2024 continues to make tremendous progress and is certainly living up to its promise to deliver revolutionary Games.

The Organising Committee is assessing every single aspect of the Games in order to drive efficiencies that will not only save money, but also make the Games better for all stakeholders.

“With just under four years to go, Paris 2024 is in a strong position for 2021, when the eyes of the world will turn to the French capital following the Tokyo 2020 Games.”

Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024, added: “We would like to thank the IOC and the IPC for their attentiveness, advice and support of our aim to hold Games in line with the challenges of our era: sustainable, spectacular and with strong local roots.

Both initiatives have already reached more than half-a-million people via school projects and participation activities with Olympic and Paralympic athletes, held both in person and virtually.

The meetings also provided the Paris 2024 team with an opportunity to summarise their “Impact 2024” initiative, which will provide more than EUR 1.7 million to support projects across France that use sport as a tool for positive social impact.

This year’s focus will encourage schools to get children physically active for at least 30 minutes every day, on top of their regular physical education classes.

In addition, the Paris 2024 team covered the proposed updates to their venue concept and the status of the Paralympic Games, and gave updates on their legacy and sustainability plans, the cultural programme, plans for Games-time mass participation events, and the Olympic and Paralympic Village. —- IOC

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