#6 - The final stretch


Tuesday, 8 November 2016 marked the first international presentation of the Paris 2024 project.

The General Assembly for the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) was held in Doha. During the meeting, Teddy Riner, Tony Estanguet, Denis Masseglia, Anne Hidalgo and Bernard Lapasset spoke before a group of several dozen members of the IOC and an assembly of nearly a thousand delegates representing the 206 national Olympic committees worldwide.

Prior to the international campaign, which officially opened in February 2017, the meeting marked a new, decisive stage in communications for the French Olympic project.

The third and final part of the bid, which focused on « Games Delivery, Experience and Venue Legacy », was submitted in early February 2017.

Then on 29 March, CNOSF published « Horizon Olympique 2024 », as part of the bid legacy.

One group that certainly expects a lot from Paris 2024 in terms of legacy, is the French disability lobby.

On 10 April 2017 in the Senate, the latter met to discuss Paris 2024 for an evening of « Sharing the Podium », a prelude to the publication, on 26 July, of the Manifesto of disability rights advocates for the Paris 2024 bid.

The highlight of the first half of 2017 was undeniably the visit to Paris of the International Olympic Committee's evaluation commission, from 14 to 16 May 2017. Headed by Patrick Baumann, the commission came to Paris after visiting Los Angeles, the last candidate city still in the race after the successive withdrawals of Hamburg (November 2015), Rome (October 2016), and then Budapest (February 2017).

Received by newly elected President Emmanuel Macron, the commission was able to assess the bid project in situ, visiting all the current venues and future sites over a period of two days. Its report, published on 5 July, was full of praise for both Paris and Los Angeles...

The other highlight of the first half of 2017 was Olympic Day.

Celebrated right across France by the sports movement in national support for the bid, this anniversary of the IOC had an exceptional dimension in Paris with two days dedicated to the Olympic spirit.

Including a floating track on the Seine, the festivities saw French athletes going out and meeting the public in different places along the Paris riverbanks.

A few days later, on 11 July, a Paris 2024 delegation, including President Emmanuel Macron, who had joined in the events of the Olympic Day in Paris, arrived in Lausanne to take part in an extraordinary Session of the IOC.

Including a visit to the Olympic Museum and an official meeting between Thomas Bach and Emmanuel Macron, the visit enabled Paris 2024 to make its final presentation of the Paris 2024 project to IOC members on 12 July.

Faced with two high-quality bids – Paris and Los Angeles – the IOC took the historic decision of evoking the possibility of simultaneously awarding organisation of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games at the Lima Session, provided that both cities and the IOC came to an agreement over the summer.

On 31 July 2017, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti finally announced his city's bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics.

On the same day, the IOC published the Host city contract for the 2028 Summer Olympics, opening the prospect of awarding them to Los Angeles. Negotiations for reaching a tripartite agreement then took place in August.

The signing of this agreement is expected to take place on 13 September 2017, a date which promises to be historic for France, Paris and the French sports movement. On this day the host city of the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics should be officially designated during the 130th Session of the IOC in Lima.

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