Versailles has been confirmed as the venue for equestrian events at the 2024 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, despite strong lobbying from the French Equestrian Federation (FFE) for an alternative location.
The FFE had been keen to take events to the ParisLongchamp Racecourse, but the Palace of Versailles, the original venue in the Paris bid plan, has been confirmed following a three-way meeting involving International Equestrian Federation (FEI) president Ingmar De Vos, FFE president Serge Lecomte and Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024.
“The confirmation of the Versailles site is the promise of a unique celebration that will make Paris 2024 an edition of the Games that makes history,” Estanguet said.
“This choice is symbolic of what we want to propose in Paris 2024: exceptional events where sport invests in prestigious places of culture to better share the passion of sport and convey the values of Olympism.”
De Vos added: “The site of the Palace of Versailles, a major asset of the Paris 2024 project, is the ideal setting for our sport and this iconic world-renowned site offers extraordinary opportunities for the promotion of horse riding and a unique experience for athletes and spectators alike.
“We look forward to working hand in hand with Paris 2024 and the French Equestrian Federation to ensure the success of these Games in line with the recommendations of the Olympic Agenda 2020 and the recent reforms, the ‘New Norm’, which aim to reduce costs and complexity through a close partnership.”