Macron backs Paris' 2024 Olympic bid

Posted May 15, 2017

Patrick Baumann, chairman of the IOC evaluation committee, said that whatever the four vice presidents decide "we will not have a problem".

The IOC evaluation commission has started its three-day visit to Paris to assess the French capital city's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

"There's already been a lot of interaction between the International Olympic Committee and Paris. He will be with us all the way to Lima and hopefully beyond". Neither of the two cities has put the 2028 Games in its radar, which the International Olympic Committee also took into its consideration to award each of the two Games to two cities respectively, an effort to avoid leaving the other as a loser. The race began with five cities, but Rome, Hamburg, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary, all pulled out.

The IOC has four vice presidents looking into the prospect of awarding the 2024 and 2028 Games at the same time in September. According to Baumann, "We will discuss not only how hosting the games would meet the needs of athletes, but also how it would serve the cities' long-term goals for social and economic development".

People close to the Los Angeles bid said a potential visit to Lima was not simply a question of Trump's politics, but also the security apparatus that accompanies a traveling USA president.

"It was a very, very important and the dialogue was very good", Esanguet said of the first day of meetings.

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"One athlete said that her parents would probably have come a couple more times to the Olympics if something like that had been available".

"There is no major risk that we can highlight right now", Baumann added. "2024-2028 was not a matter of discussion". To counter, in his opening remarks Estanguet referenced similar 88 per cent support across Paris, but constrained to a narrow demographic of 15 to 24-year-old youth and commissioned by the bid.

Hollywood flexed its celebrity muscle at the party with an A-list lineup that included Sylvester Stallone, Kobe Bryant and billionaire Steve Ballmer, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and former Microsoft CEO.

The week reinforced the game-changing potential of an Olympic Village on the UCLA campus or at least its potential to cancel out the perceived advantage the Paris bid has in terms of transportation. The vice presidents since March have looked at possible reforms to the bid city process, including awarding two Games in 2017. The new president has already thrown his weight behind Paris' bid, telling IOC President Thomas Bach over the phone of its "expected benefits for all French people".

"The whole France is coming together to support Paris 2024 and is ready to welcome the world for a unique celebration of sport, inclusion and friendship", he said.