Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid launches Athletes’ Committee

By Sujit Jasani from Paris, Dec 19, 2015: The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid today launched its Athletes’ Committee, further demonstrating how the French capital’s campaign is being led by the nation’s sports movement.

The Paris 2024 Athletes’ Committee will be Co-Chaired by Teddy Riner, the Judo Olympic Gold Medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games and eight times World Champion, and Marie-Amélie Le Fur, the 100 Metres Gold Medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and four times World Champion.

Paris 2024’s Athletes’ Committee will support and advise the Bid Committee on the technical elements of the bid proposal, including Games venues and other core infrastructure projects. This will ensure that the needs of the athletes are always met and that Paris 2024 offers the ideal conditions for the competitors to perform at their very best. The Athletes’ Committee will also be responsible for mobilizing the broader sporting community so they have opportunities to show their support for Paris 2024.

The creation of Paris 2024’s Athletes’ Committee was announced following the first meeting of the Board Members of a wider bid stakeholder team – called the Paris 2024 Public Interest Group – which includes Bid Committee Leaders, key representatives from the City of Paris, the region of Ile-de-France, national government, the French National Olympic Committee and French Paralympic Committee.

Teddy Riner and Marie-Amélie Le Fur will also become Board Members of the Paris 2024 Public Interest Group and they join fellow athletes who have vital roles to play within the broader Group. Athletes involved with the Paris 2024 Public Interest Group include:

 Tony Estanguet [triple Olympic Champion in Canoeing)
 Marie-José Perec [triple Olympic Champion in Athletics]
 Jean-Philippe Gatien [double Olympic Medallist in Table Tennis]
 Thierry Rey [Olympic Champion in Judo)
 Jean-Christophe Rolland [Olympic Champion in Rowing]
 Etienne Thobois [Olympian who competed in Badminton]

Tony Estanguet, Co-Chairman of the Paris 2024 Bid Committee, said:

“Paris and France’s sporting movement is committed to bidding for the 2024 Games and the decision to launch an Athletes’ Committee further strengthens our bid and reflects our strong will to place the experience of the athletes at the heart of our campaign.

“We are going to continue to involve the sports movement in all our decisions, as we have done since the beginning of our 2024 campaign. We now look forward to working with the Athletes’ Committee to progress our Games Plan and their input will be invaluable to guarantee that we succeed in creating the ideal environment for all Olympians in 2024. They are the stars of the show and they create the excitement of the Games.”

It was also announced today that nine cities have been shortlisted to be the venues for the Olympic Football competition as part of the Games Plan for Paris 2024’s bid. The shortlisted cities are:

 Paris (Parc des Princes)
 Bordeaux
 Lille
 Lyon
 Marseille
 Nantes
 Nice
 Saint-Etienne
 Toulouse

If Paris is successful in its bid for the Games, this shortlist will be cut to eight cities that will go on to host Olympic Football matches in 2024. Over a period of 18 days during the proposed 2024 Olympic Football competition, there would be 58 matches in total [men and women’s tournaments] and every venue city will host either seven or eight matches. The men’s and women’s final matches are proposed to take place in Paris at the Parc des Princes stadium.

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