Following the second Coordination Commission meeting for Paris 2024, the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination was impressed with Paris’ extensive plans to create an Olympic Games for all of France.
“Creating a creative and innovative Olympic Games experience that benefits everyone is at the core of Paris 2024’s mission,” said IOC Coordination Commission Chair Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant. “Paris 2024’s vision that ‘sport can change lives’ is evident in so many of its projects, especially ones like Terre de Jeux 2024; the Organising Committee’s approach for an open and inclusive economic development and employment plan; the proposal to host mass participation events at Games time; and its ambitious plans for Olympic Day. Each one of these is a symbol for how Paris 2024 is uniting and engaging the country behind the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
It was in this spirit of collaboration that the Coordination Commission meeting was set in Marseille, which will host the sailing and football competitions. While in the seaside city, the IOC Coordination Commission visited the proposed venues for the two sports, stopping to see both the marina and Velodrome Stadium. These iconic locations will provide a magnificent backdrop for athletes and fans in five years’ time.
The essence of urban sport was on full display on the first day of the Coordination Commission visit, when crowds gathered in the Old Port area to experience a lively and youthful atmosphere that included basketball, BMX, breaking, skateboarding, and sport climbing demonstrations.
At the end of June, the IOC Session will vote on the provisional inclusion of breaking, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing on the 2024 Olympic programme.