#4 - Putting together the best bid

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The Paris 2024 bid was not yet official when, on 3 June 2015, a French delegation representing the Olympic Ambition Association was received in Lausanne as part of the Invitation Phase opened by the International Olympic Committee for cities potentially interested in submitting their candidature.

This initial phase – one of the innovations of Olympic Agenda 2020 – precedes the bid submission stage, enabling cities to present the main aspects of their project in terms of long-term development and also to glean information from the IOC on the process and expectations. At the time, Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, praised the « exemplary approach » of the French project. This was an encouraging start.

On 23 June, at the end of an intensive Olympic Day dedicated to «Generation 2024», the sports movement, meeting at Maison du Sport Français with representatives of the various stakeholders officially announced the Paris bid for organising the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. The information was relayed via a series of selfies posted by dozens of French athletes... at precisely 20:24.

Less than a month later, the Bastille Day festivities on 14 July echoed the Olympic Day by being, like the latter, fully devoted to Paris 2024. Hence the traditional Eiffel Tower fireworks display kicked off with an invitation to the world for 2024.


On 11 September 2015, Denis Masseglia and Anne Hidalgo sent the Paris 2024 letter of candidature to the IOC. The adventure was launched... and mapped out, as on 15 September the IOC published the host city contract for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games and the bidding process . On the next day, the IOC recognised the status of Los Angeles, Budapest, Hamburg, Paris and Rome as candidate cities.

In the same month, and adopting a stimulating and innovative approach, the sports movement launched the crowd-funding"Je rêve des Jeux" operation.
This operation, embodied by a visual of handball player Luc Abalo, materialised into a major national campaign for Paris 2024. Backed by athletes, who provided dozens of items for auction, the «Je rêve des Jeux» operation made a lasting impression, as testified by the survival of the #JeRêveDesJeux hashtag on social media.

This was also the period when the Olympic sites and cities associated with Paris for hosting competitions and infrastructures were chosen. On 7 September, the city of Marseille was chosen to host the sailing events.

An indication of the level of national interest in the Games is that the cities of Brest, Hyères, La Rochelle, Le Havre and Lorient-Morbihan were also candidates. The qualifying events will therefore be organised in the bay of Marseille, with the final phases taking place at Corniche Kennedy and the marina located at Roucas Blanc.

On 5 November, Paris 2024 designated the site of Pleyel Bords de Seine to welcome the future Olympic Village.

Located 7 kilometres from the centre of Paris, the Village will cover 51 ha between the Pleyel quarter in Saint-Denis, Saint-Ouen and L’Île-Saint-Denis and will be organised around La Cité du Cinéma, whose central hall will house a cafeteria. With 5.7 ha of stretches of water, 3 ha of green spaces, under half an hour of transport for 85% of the 17,000 athletes who will stay there, it is an ideal location!

Another eagerly awaited choice – revealed on 18 December 2015 – was the pre-selection of venues for the football events.

The nine stadiums are Parc des Princes in Paris, Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes, Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines, MatMut Atlantique in Bordeaux, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne, Allianz Riviera in Nice, the Stadium in Toulouse and Stade Vélodrome in Marseille.

On 17 February, Paris 2024 submitted to the IOC the first part of the bid, entitled «Vision, Games Concept and Strategy» (click on the image to see part 1).

Endorsed by French champions, the first presentation of this file was made in the Philharmonie de Paris in front an audience of leading players in the French sports movement and young residents of the greater Paris area.

This was the first large-scale public announcement of Paris 2024, a major event marked by an important speech from distinguished athlete and co-chair of the bid, Tony Estanguet.


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