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France returns to single competition kit supplier as Paris 2024 to issue ITT

Yohann Diniz of France competes in Men's 50km Race Walk final at Rio 2016 (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The organising committee for the 2024 summer Olympics in Paris is set to issue an invitation to tender aimed at sportswear manufacturers as it seeks a single kit supplier for the various French teams.

Paris 2024 has asked interested companies to provide them with relevant documents by this Friday, September 20, after which it will issue the ITT documents to the qualified parties.

Along with the supply of kit for the French Olympic and Paralympic teams at their home games in Paris, the inventory on offer also include the medal presentation outfits worn by the French team and the Games clothing for Paris 2024 staff, volunteers and referees.

The search for a single kit manufacturer for the French Olympic teams in different sports marks a return to the previous policy adopted by the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF).

From the Montreal 1976 summer Olympics right up until London 2012, Adidas had supplied the kit for the French teams. However, the CNOSF then opted to allow each national sports federation to sign its own agreements with kit suppliers.

At next year’s Tokyo 2020 games, the French athletics team will be kitted out by Asics, while the Nike-owned Jordan brand will be the supplier to the basketball team and Mizuno is manufacturing the judo team’s kit.

Lacoste, which currently supplies opening and closing ceremony clothing to the French Olympic and Paralympic teams, along with fellow French brand Le Coq Sportif and Puma, are also sure to look closely at the Paris 2024 tender.

The inventory has been split up into three different packages, according to France’s Sport Business Club website.

The first package covers the supply of clothing to be worn during the opening and closing ceremonies, plus medal ceremonies and clothing to be worn in the Olympic village.

The package is similar to that currently held by Lacoste through its deal with the CNOSF, an agreement that includes the supply of around 100,000 pieces of clothing and at which the CNOSF was looking for at least €2m ($2.2m) per year when it went to market.

Rights to supply the competition kit for the various French Olympic and Paralympic teams at the Beijing 2022 winter Olympics and Paris 2024 summer games are included in the second package.

Finally, the third package includes the supply of clothing to Paris 2024 staff, volunteers and referees (excluding footwear). This agreement would start on March 1, 2020 and it is estimated that kit for around 60,000 people would need to be produced. Chinese brand 361° took on this role at Rio’s 2016 Olympics.

It was announced today that the International Olympic Committee had agreed a partnership with Chinese textile company Hengyuanxiang Group (HYX) spanning the next two editions of the Olympic Games. The deal allows HYX to serve as the official formal uniform provider to the IOC for next year’s summer Olympic Games in Tokyo and the 2022 winter Olympics in Beijing.