It's official now. After a century of waiting and bitter failures, Paris was named host city of the 2024 Olympic Games on Wednesday 13 September at the 131th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lima, Peru. At the same time, at the end of the same voting process, Los Angeles was given the 2028 Summer Olympics.
The Olympic rings on the esplanade of the Trocadero in Paris
In Paris, giant Olympic rings were unveiled Wednesday night on the esplanade of Trocadero. In a heavy rain, with the sparkling Eiffel Tower in the background, the five-by-twelve rings were illuminated by spotlights around 8 pm shortly after the IOC announcement. These included former top athletes such as Judoka Thierry Rey or swimmer Alain Bernard, as well as some sports federation leaders. Starting September 21, Emmanuel Macron and Anne Hidalgo will accompany Thomas Bach to Marseilles, which will host the sailing events in 2024.
"This victory is France", immediately welcomed Emmanuel Macron, from the Pointe-à-Pitre airport at the end of a visit to the islands of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy ravaged by the hurricane Irma. "It's a commitment from a whole country" to the side of the IOC, he said earlier in a video message addressed to IOC members. "Defending the values of Olympism also means striving for balance, more multiculturalism".
Paris 2024 unveils its plans. If we already knew most of the sites selected for the different Olympic disciplines, the French candidate finally made the list public and definitive during the presentation of the project, Wednesday afternoon at the Philarmonie. In a dossier of 74 pages, Paris 2024 presents its assets, its specificities and its slogan: "The strength of a dream". "Let yourself be overwhelmed by emotions and passion"
To celebrate the Games in Paris is to give every Frenchman, and especially to our youth, the generation 2024, the opportunity to live his own moments of magic, to vibrate, to be invaded by a positive energy ... to be overwhelmed by emotions and passion, explained Tony Estanguet, co-president with Bernard Lapasset of the candidature. Imagine the greatest champions going beyond the Eiffel Tower, in front of the Invalides, the Grand Palais, Versailles, and all inspire us. "
Looking forward to being on August 2, 2024 for the Opening Ceremony.