World Sailing Visits Paris 2024 Venue; Rome Showcases Foro Italico

(ATR) French bid officials today met World Sailing representatives at Marina Marseille, the proposed venue for Olympic sailing.

(ATR) French bid officials today met World Sailing representatives at Marina Marseille, the proposed venue for Olympic sailing.

It was the first Paris bid meeting with an IF to take place at a planned 2024 Games venue.

The discussions and a tour of the facilities involved Paris 2024 sports director Jean-Phillipe Gatien and World Sailing director of events, Alastair Fox. They were joined by the bid’s technical director Anthony Piqueras, deputy mayor of Marseille Didier Réault and two French sailors. French Sailing Federation chief Jean-Pierre Champion was also in attendance.

The visit will also included a tour of Borély Park, site of the proposed sailing Olympic Village.

Paris 2024 and World Sailing have been in talks about venue plans since the Olympic bid race launched last year.

The French bid said the conditions at the marina will provide the platform "for world-class competition at the 2024 Games and the stunning seascape of the Mediterranean basin will offer an incredible sun-drenched backdrop – providing amazing broadcast opportunities".

"Paris 2024 is in continuous conversation with all summer Games IFs as part of the commitment to deliver outstanding venues and the optimal environment for world-class Olympic sport," Gatien said.

"We are greatly encouraged by the exchanges we are having and we are confident that our ready-made, iconic venues and vast experience hosting major international events across France will allow us to deliver a wonderful festival of Olympic sport in 2024."

Rome Showcases Foro Italico

The Italian bid aims to show off Foro Italico in the best light at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia tennis tournament over the next two weeks.

The sports complex is one of the venue clusters in Rome’s 2024 bid.

A Rome 2024 spokesman tells Around the Rings the set-up for this year’s ATP competition is slightly different. A 6,000-capacity temporary arena has been constructed on the site to host entertainment for fans after night matches.

An international PR agency for the bid is also close to being appointed. A panel is reviewing tenders for the contract, with an announcement expected later this month.

On Tuesday, Rome 2024 is launching a major grassroots educational campaign focused on sports ethics and lifestyle in hundreds of schools, together with Actionaid.

Reported by Mark Bisson

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