Today Paris officially announced its application to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2024.
In 1924, Paris last staged the Olympic Games and the city hopes its bid to host the event will prove successful in 2024 after three failed attempts for the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Games. This time, Paris will compete with the cities of Rome, Hamburg, Boston and potentially Budapest.
Today’s declarations in favour of the 2024 Games in Paris were positive and full of hope:
Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris said: “We aim to highlight the unity and the solidarity of a cosmopolitan city, which I am sure will be one of the key strengths to win”.
Bid chairman Bernard Lapasset added: “We believe that this bid and our goal to host the 2024 Games will excite, unite and enthuse the people of Paris“.
Denis Masseglia, president of the French National Olympic committee justified the 2024 Games in Paris as: “an authentic reflection of the diverse and dynamic cultural, social, environmental and sporting traditions of our local communities, the city and the French people“.
The Paris candidacy will have to be submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) before the 15th September, which will choose the host city at the 130th IOC Session in Lima, Peru on the 15th September 2017.
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be host by Rio, Brazil and the 2020 edition in Tokyo, Japan.
Next year, France will host another world-stage sporting event, the 2016 UEFA European Championship.