IOC commission chief: Paris 2024 has made steady progress in a very short time
Paris 2024, the organising committee for the Olympic Games in the French capital in that year, has made “steady progress in a very short amount of time,” Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant, chair of the International Olympic Committee’s coordination commission for the games, said yesterday, following the commission’s second official visit.
The commission visited Marseille, the planned venue for the Olympic sailing competition and some matches of the soccer competition, and Beckers-Vieujant said: “We are in a new era of collaboration and co-creation, as seen with the presence of the International Paralympic Committee and so many local authority partners in Marseille.
“This is fully in line with the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020 and its New Norm, as we work to build this project together with a common goal: to plan and organise inspiring and memorable Olympic and Paralympic Games in a responsible and effective way.”
Beckers-Vieujant also commended Paris 2024’s vision that ‘sport can change lives’, which he described as “evident in so many of its projects, especially ones like Terre de Jeux 2024; the organising committee’s approach for an open and inclusive economic development and employment plan; the proposal to host mass participation events at games time; and its ambitious plans for Olympic Day.”
The Belgian IOC member added: “Each one of these is a symbol for how Paris 2024 is uniting and engaging the country behind the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Demonstrations of basketball, BMX, breaking, skateboarding, and sport climbing took place in Marseille’s Old Port area during the visit ahead of a vote at the IOC session at the end of this month on the provisional inclusion of breaking, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing on the 2024 Olympic programme.
In March, the IOC’s executive board supported a recommendation of the IOC’s programme commission to add the four sports to the Paris 2024 games programme.
Meanwhile, the organising committee presented its carbon neutral strategy, and reported on the creation of an endowment fund that will be used to help fund legacy projects linked to Paris 2024.
Tony Estanguet, president of Paris 2024, said: “This second coordination commission meeting comes at an important time in the construction of our project. It shows the progress we have made. A year after we laid the foundations of the organising committee, this second meeting has been looking outwards, towards the public at large. We have made the goal of engaging with the sports movement, the public authorities and the people of France one of our main priorities.
“This desire to get the population involved from the outset is a reflection of our ambition to offer games that are different, and which make creativity the Paris 2024 hallmark. This desire to innovate and surprise spans every part of our project, for example the opening of some of the games events to the general public or the celebratory dimension of our project, placing sport at the heart of the city, which has never been done on such a scale before.”
Last week, Thomas Bach, the IOC president, visited Paris itself, where he told members of the Paris 2024 staff: “What you have done in such a short time is remarkable. With inclusivity and participation at the heart of your mission you have the opportunity to guide our Olympic movement into a new era.”