17 May 2017

Coming from Los Angeles, where the IOC Evaluation Commission began its visits to the two cities bidding to host the 2024 Olympic Games, on Sunday its members began their three-day visit to Paris.

The Paris candidature benefits from the result of the recent elections of: CNOSF President Denis Masseglia, who has been confirmed in his charge for a new term, and Emmanuel Macron, the newly elected President of the Republic, who will meet the IOC delegation during its stay in Paris.

IOC Evaluation Commission chairman Patrick Baumann of Switzerland said that, like Los Angeles, Paris was the first to benefit from the IOC Agenda 2020 reforms, which in particular aim at reducing organizational costs.

“Los Angeles is already a great Olympic city but after these three days we now realize that was an understatement,” Baumann told reporters at the end of the Los Angeles visit.

In the French capital city, Patrick Baumann noted “Paris has a special place in the Olympic Movement,” recalling the special link of the city with Olympism: the founding, at the Sorbonne in 1894, of the modern Olympic Games; the birthplace of Pierre de Coubertin; and the organization of two editions of the Games, in 1900 and 1924.

The vote for the 2024 host city will take place at the 30th IOC Session, in Lima next 13-17 September.