President Jacques Chirac Will Lead The Paris 2012 Delegation In Singapore
Less than two weeks before the final vote to elect the host city of the Games of the XXXth Olympiad, the Paris 2012 Bid Committee wishes to underline that the announcement highlights the exceptional support at the highest political level that the French project benefits from. It is the first time that a President of the Republic will head a French candidate Olympic and Paralympic Games city delegation.
The Head of State, who was actively involved in the first Parisian Bid to host the Games in 1992 as Mayor of Paris and Prime Minister, was the main spokesperson for the French Delegation for the IOC’s 112th session in Lausanne in 1986.
For more than 20 years, this involvement within the Olympic Movement has never wavered, as demonstrated by M. Chirac’s total commitment to the Paris 2012 cause since the beginning of its candidacy.
Last September, at the giving of the “Legion d’Honneur” and Order decorations to the 48 Olympic medalists from Athens 2004, M. Chirac had said:
“The candidacy of Paris is the candidacy of the entire nation. You can rely on my absolute determination to support it, to promote it and, with all of you, to win it”.
The Elysée Palace said that “in spite of major agenda constraints, it was his duty to be in Singapore to promote the interests of the Paris 2012 candidacy”. The President of the Republic will participate in the final Paris 2012 presentation, which will be given at 9am local time, in front of the International Olympic Committee session.
Together with the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, and other leading executives of Paris 2012, he will promote the “Amour des Jeux” of the whole nation and will present IOC members with the vision that drives France’s Olympic project.
This vision proposes a true partnership between the host city of the 2012 Games and the IOC, implementing the recommendations adopted by the IOC during its Prague session in July 2003. These guidelines, defined by the Olympic Games Study Commission’s report, aim to increase the efficiency of the Games’ preparation and organization, while decreasing the financial burden.
Paris 2012 wishes to serve the Olympic Family by paving the way for the Games in the 21st century, in line with the course that the IOC itself wants to follow.
The Games in Paris would be a memorable celebration of sporting performance and Olympic values. Beyond the event, these Games would create a blueprint for the Olympic Movement, offer a sustainable legacy to Parisians and the French and inspire Olympic candidacies from all horizons and continents.
On July 6, given the time difference and the schedule of the French candidacy presentation in Singapore, M. Chirac will be able to attend the opening of the G8 summit at Gleneagles (Great Britain), and thus fulfill France’s international commitments.
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