Paris 2024 Begins Olympic Journey -- Photodesk

(ATR) An Orientation Seminar begins the French capital’s seven-year path to the Summer Games.

(ATR) French sport leaders are laying the groundwork for the 2024 Olympic Games in the French capital.

Selected to host the 2024 Summer Games by the IOC in September, Paris 2024 held an introductory session with leaders of the International Olympic Committee Nov. 31-Dec. 1 at the French Olympic Committee (CNOSF) headquarters.

IOC’s Coordination Commission chairman for Paris 2024 Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant helped lead the two-day Orientation Seminar along with Paris 2024 chairman Tony Estanguet and IOC Executive Director Christophe Dubi.

CNOSF President Denis Masseglia welcomed the nearly 100 delegates and media observers which included IOC members Jean-Christophe Rolland and Guy Drut, IOC directors of television and marketing, Olympic Broadcasting Services and communications Timo Lumme, Yiannis Exarchos and Becky Edwards as well as French federation leaders and Olympic stakeholders.

French Paralympic Committee President Emmanuelle Assmann also played a large role in the seminar that provided emphasis and panel discussions for the Paralympic vision in France.

The common theme from the seminar was "co-construction" of the Olympic project between Paris 2024 leaderships and the IOC. The IOC is seeking to be more instrumental in planning the Games, providing its expertise to help deliver Paris 2024’s vision that Estanguet expects to be decided by next summer.

A six-member team from Los Angeles 2028 also attended the seminar and discussed the benefits of the unique partnership the two organizing committees can utilize over the next 11 years.

The seminar lays the foundation for the work of the Coordination Commission over the next seven years. The first CoComm visit led by Beckers-Vieujant will take place June 18-19. Paris 2024 expects to have formed its base Organizing Committee by mid-January so it may begin more extensive cooperation with the IOC.

Click here for photos from the seminar.

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Written by Kevin Nutley

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