JO-2024: the world needs the “values of Olympism”, emphasizes Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron and IOC President Thomas Bach on 10 July 2017 in Lausanne
“Carrying the values of Olympism is what our world needs,” President Emmanuel Macron, who came to defend Lausanne’s candidacy for the Olympics (IOC) in Paris for the 2020 Olympics, said Monday.
“In a fractured world where tensions are re-emerging, we need those values of peace and tolerance that the Olympic movement exemplifies and embodies tremendously,” said Mr. Macron, hosted at the Olympic Museum by IOC President Thomas Bach.
The French president will defend the candidacy of Paris for the 2020 Olympics before the 100 IOC members, who, in an extraordinary session, must then validate the principle of a double allocation of the JO- 2024 and 2028 in September in Lima.
This double allocation will guarantee Paris and Los Angeles, the last two cities competing for 2024, to obtain either the 2020 or 2028.
“I come here to present a candidature for 2024 built with great ardor and envy by a team of France remarkably united and who learned from past mistakes and a project marked by the complete unity of the country,” said The French President who was accompanied during his visit to the museum by his wife Brigitte, as well as the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and Tony Estanguet, French IOC member and co-chair of the bid committee.
“It is a competition, we will rely on your wisdom and we know that nothing is ever acquired,” Macron said.
Mr. Bach, speaking French, the language of Baron de Coubertin, the father of the modern Games, underlined “the commitment of President Macron to the Olympic Day (of June 16) and his participation that Was a memorable moment, a perfect illustration of the great unity of the candidature of Paris supported at all levels. ”
And the President of the IOC to borrow on behalf of Mr. Macron’s political formation to add that “the candidacy of Paris-2024 is on the march”.