Sunday, 17 December, 2017

French Olympic delegation celebrates 2024 Games victory

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks during the opening IOC session in Lima on Sept. 13 International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks during the opening IOC session in Lima on Sept. 13
Sherri Watson | 17 September, 2017, 13:58

Paris and Los Angeles officials saluted a victory for the Olympic movement on Wednesday after both cities were handed the hosting rights for the 2024 and 2028 Games in a historic double award.

"I would like to thank the IOC President Thomas Bach and the IOC members for placing their continued trust in rugby, and our national member unions, players and passionate fans for making sevens the best it can possibly be".

The date, 2024, is significant date for Paris as it marks 100 years since the city last held an Olympics in 1924.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo waved a flag Friday and her plane was sprayed by a celebratory water cannon as the French Olympic delegation was welcomed back in Paris after securing the 2024 Olympic Games.

French President Emmanuel Macron hailed the decision to award Paris 2024 as a "victory for France", calling for the "whole country" to get behind the Games.

"This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States", said LA mayor Eric Garcetti.

Paris, with a total Games budget of $8.09 billion, had failed with previous attempts to land the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

International Olympic Committee sports program commission chairman Franco Carraro outlined the proposal to the Session in Lima, Peru, seeking no changes to the sports program following what he deemed "really successful" games in Rio de Janeiro past year.

The LA Games have a budget of $5.3 billion and will essentially follow the plan they had in place for 2024, including housing athletes at the UCLA campus.

Bach said the unanimous International Olympic Committee decision would secure the future of the Games and ensure successful Olympics. "Ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for the athletes of the world for the next 11 years is something extraordinary", Bach commented.

With the two teams - the final contestants of an initial six-strong field - having already agreed to split the 2024 and 2028 Games, there was none of the usual pre-announcement nerves and tension. Both cities are very enthusiastic about the Games and are promoting the Olympic spirit in a fantastic way'.

"The city of Paris will be a magnificent Olympic Park and transforming some of the world's most lovely and historic sites into temporary stunning stages for sport will provide unforgettable images around the globe".