Paris 2024 bid could be boosted by public funding

Tue Nov 4, 2014 10:31am EST
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Although France has not decided if it will bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, the country's Olympic Committee (CNOSF) is already planning a public funding operation to finance a possible candidacy for Paris.

The CNOSF will say in January whether it wants to enter the race for the 2024 Games before French president Francois Hollande makes the final decision before September.

The French Committee for International Sport (CFSI) is currently carrying out a study into the possibility of a French Olympic bid. Paris was stunned to lose out to London in the race for the 2012 Games.

"There are strong possibilities (that we want to run)," CNOSF president Denis Masseglia told reporters on Tuesday.

It will, however, be the government that decides if Paris is to be a candidate.

Whether the United States bids could also be a factor but Masseglia believes the key is to secure the support of the French people.

"We'll listen to the conclusions of the (CFSI) study in January and then we'll have about five months until the end of June to trigger the excitement of the French people," Masseglia said, adding that a televised fund-raising program could help.

"We can imagine that over 24 hours ... all the sports friendly people in France contribute to the dream," he said.   Continued...

France's Isabelle Yacoubou is seen during the women's preliminary round Group B basketball match against Canada at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 1, 2012. REUTERS/Sergio Perez