Tony Estanguet will serve as President of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee ©Getty Images

Tony Estanguet will be President of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee if they are awarded the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it was announced here today.

The 39-year-old is currently co-chair of Paris 2024.

His fellow co-chair Bernard Lapasset would be Honorary President of the Organising Committee.

It was also confirmed that Étienne Thobois would continue as chief executive if the French capital stages the Olympic Games for the first time in 100 years. 

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, meanwhile, has also been named chair of a Solideo Committee responsible for delivering all facilities and venues necessary to host the Olympics and Paralympics.

Other representatives of this panel, who have not yet been announced, will be divided between organisations responsible for financing Games-related projects on a proportional basis depending on how much they are contributing.

It is unusual for an Organising Committee President to be announced by a bidding city before the Games are awarded.

Paris' sole rival Los Angeles have not yet confirmed who would be their appointment, although current chairman Casey Wasserman has previously said he would carry on if the American city is awarded the Games. 

Their bid book stipulates that Wasserman would be executive chairperson of the Los Angeles 2024 Organising Committee while Gene Sykes would remain chief executive.

Anne Hidalgo will act as head of a key Paris 2024 Committee if they are awarded the Olympic and Paralympics ©Paris 2024
Anne Hidalgo will act as head of a key Paris 2024 Committee if they are awarded the Olympic and Paralympics ©Paris 2024

The French bid believe that an internal battle over who would gain the top job was key in destabilising the final months of Paris' campaign for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

They believe that allowed London to gain momentum and beat them in the final vote at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Singapore in July 2005. 

Governance was one of the areas discussed during the first day of the IOC Evaluation Commission visit to Paris. 

Estanguet, a three-time Olympic champion in slalom canoeing, will be hoping to following the trail blazed by Sebastian Coe for London 2012 and Carlos Nuzman for Rio 2016 after they led both the successful bids and then the delivery of the Games. 

Estanguet is also currently the favourite to replace Angela Ruggiero as chair of the IOC Athletes' Commission after her term ends next February.

He will reach the end of his own term and automatically cease to be an IOC member in 2020 following his eight-year term on the Athletes' Commission.

Estanguet has also been mentioned as a possible successor to Denis Masseglia as head of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF).

Masseglia was re-elected for a third term last Thursday (May 11) but it is strongly rumoured that he would step down in favour of Estanguet following the end of the Paris 2024 bid.

Either role could enhance Estanguet's prospects of being re-appointed an IOC member.