Paris hope to hold the Olympics in 2024, 100 years after the city last did so ©Paris 2024

Paris will aim to throw an "amazing party" if awarded the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics, its bid President Bernard Lapasset has said.

The French capital are aiming to host the Games 100 years after they last did so and have today further outlined their vision.

As well as hyping up the possible centenary celebrations, the bid will also point out that Paris is the birthplace of the founder of the modern Olympic Movement, Pierre de Coubertin.

Meanwhile, the city's Mayor Anne Hidalgo says her city is one of the world's most "iconic" while a passion for sport among the French people and a track record of hosting major events will also be key selling points put forward by the Parisians. 

The city formally entered the 2024 race by sending a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Saturday.

“Paris has been working hard over the past two years to prepare its bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and we are delighted now to express key elements of our vision and concept following the submission of our application letter to the IOC," said Lapasset, who is also the chairman of World Rugby.

"Paris 2024 would be the 100 year anniversary of the last time we hosted the Games so it is our promise to the Olympic Movement that a centenary Games here will be an outstanding celebration of Olympism and we would throw an amazing party to mark this momentous occasion.

"The Games in the birthplace of the founder of the modern Olympic Movement, Pierre de Coubertin, will additionally be a wonderful tribute to the powerful global legacy he helped to create. 

"It will remind us of a great sporting past and the enduring nature of Olympic values as we look to the future embracing innovation and the ongoing importance of inspiration and education.”

Bernard Lapasset said that Paris would hold an
Bernard Lapasset said that Paris would hold an "outstanding celebration" if awarded the 2024 Games ©Getty Images

Paris suffered disappointment in its Olympic bids in 1992, 2008 and 2012 but is the early favourite with bookmakers this time around.

“Over the course of this bid campaign we will be highlighting Paris’ strength as one of the world’s most iconic, innovative, cosmopolitan, sporty and culturally rich cities whose historic landmarks and breath-taking venues would provide a stunning backdrop for the Games," said Hidalgo.

“We will show how our vision fits perfectly with the social, environmental and infrastructure plans of the city and how we are committed to creating new sporting opportunities for young people who will be inspired by the power of the Games.

"It is also very important that this bid has the support of all three levels of government which provides certainty to all our pledges.”

Tony Estanguet, an IOC member who won gold for France at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 in the C1 canoeing, is one of the athletes throwing his weight behind Paris' bid.

“The French people have a passion not just for some but for all Olympic sport and this passion is embedded in French culture," he said.

"The 2024 Games in Paris will add to this passion and boost interest and participation in all Olympic sport in Paris, across France, and beyond.

“With a track record hosting a huge variety of sports in the recent past and over the next few years, as well as a being home to a large urban population of 11 million, Paris 2024 will deliver packed venues for every single sport across the Games.”

Paris are up against Rome, Los Angeles, Hamburg and Budapest in the 2024 race - with a potential bid from Toronto now not expected to be made.

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