As the Tokyo Olympics bade goodbye Sunday a year behind prepared, organizers of the 2024 Paris Games eagerly anticipated inviting the world to France in 3 years.
Paris 2024 chief Tony Estanguet, a three-time gold medallist in canoe slalom, applauded everybody included with the Tokyo Games for handling to hold the occasion amidst a worldwide pandemic.
As the Olympic flag was passed from Tokyo to Paris on Sunday, however, Estanguet talked up his group’s strategies to host their very first Summer Games because 1924.
“We waited an extra year for this moment, but we are already waiting 100 years to bring the Olympic flag back to Paris, so the excitement is very strong in our team and back home in France,” Estanguet said.
The Paris bid, awarded in 2017, features venues familiar to any tourist, with competitions to be held at the Place de la Concorde, Champs de Mars, Les Invalides and the Palace of Versailles, among other high-profile spots.
“Every host city should bring something brand-new and add to the development of the Games,” Estanguet said.
“With Paris 2024, our aspiration is to provide a brand-new design to open the Games to more individuals. This begins with using the Games to the city.
“Our plan is based on taking sport out of its traditional spaces and putting competitions at the heart of the city, in front of the most famous Parisian landmarks; the Eiffel Tower for beach volleyball, wrestling and judo, and equestrian at the Chateau de Versailles.
“The aspiration is easy: welcome the world, consisting of the numerous countless audiences, into the very heart of Paris.”
Thanks to that 1 year hold-up, the welcome will take place fairly rapidly. On July 26, 2024, Paris will take centre phase.