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IOC commends Paris 2024 following first visit

The International Olympic Committee has praised Paris for its commitment to staging the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 principles as the body concluded its first visit to the French capital since it was awarded the hosting rights.

The IOC’s Coordination Commission labeled the Paris 2024 plan as an “ambitious and inspiring project that uses the Games as a platform” for the city, region and country.

The IOC added that the plan is being approached with a controlled focus on budgets and deadlines, with the Coordination Commission having visited a host of Olympic and Paralympic venues such as the Stade de France, the Grand Palais, the Champs-Élysées and the Champs de Mars.

“Paris 2024 is delivering on its commitment to host pioneering Olympic Games fully in line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap,” IOC Coordination Commission chair Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant said.

“I have been particularly impressed by the ambition of all of the stakeholders involved in this project to take advantage of the opportunity of the Games to create a springboard for the city, region and nation. There is a precise focus on making sure that the basics of budget and delivery are under control while simultaneously presenting to us a project that is ambitious in its objectives in areas like employment, transport and their associated legacies, as well as in its desire to bring a new generation to sport and the Olympic values.”

Paris 2024 will directly recruit 4,000 staff between now and the Games, and the city has also organised a meeting attended by 300 local employers that is designed to help them prepare for potential jobs created by the Olympics. The Ile-de-France region has also outlined 18 commitments that it will deliver on in areas such as the training of volunteers and transport.

Paris 2024 president Tony Estanguet (pictured) added: “The IOC’s visit to Paris for these two days of work has allowed us to share our ambition: to make Games that are different, cheaper, useful and spectacular, which will write a chapter in our country’s history and more generally that of the Olympic Movement. The partnership with the IOC and all of Paris 2024’s partners will be key in implementing and building the success of these Games of a new era.”

The Paris 2024 organising committee has proposed that the aquatic centre will remain a permanent facility after the Games but feature a redefined concept, ensuring cost-efficiency and improved legacy. The Olympic Village will also remain in its originally planned location.

Paris 2024 has also appointed Martin Fourcade as chair of its Athletes’ Commission and Jean-Philippe Gatien as sports director.