Paris enters race to host 2024 Olympic Games

Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:14pm EDT
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By Jessica Chen

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris on Tuesday officially announced its bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and bring the global sports event back to the French capital for the first time in a century.

Paris, which narrowly missed hosting the 2012 Olympics, now begins a two-year selection process in which the world's most visited city will face off against the likes of Boston, Hamburg and Rome, which lost out to Paris in 1924.

"Paris 2024 promises a feasible and flexible Games concept," French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) head, Denis Masseglia, said. His team and others had flagged a Parisian bid for months.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will announce the candidate cities that made it to the shortlist in 2016, before voting for a winner in the summer of 2017.

French President François Hollande welcomed the move.

"The state will make every effort to ... support this candidature which will be exemplary on the environmental, economic and civic front," he said in a statement.

"It is a unique moment for a whole generation to come together and show the world France at its best."

However, Paris's Olympic plan took some time to emerge.   Continued...

French athletes and officials pose, including city mayor Anne Hidalgo (5thL), as they attend an event to launch the Paris bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, France, June 23, 2015.   REUTERS/Christian Hartmann