Newly-elected International Paralympic Committee President (IPC) Andrew Parsons has already expressed his confidence in Paris' ability to host an "unforgettable" Games in 2024, it was claimed here today.
French Paralympic and Sports Committee (CPSF) President Emmanuelle Assman told insidethegames here that Paris 2024 had been in contact with Parsons following his election victory in Abu Dhabi last Friday (September 8).
The Brazilian secured a first round win and will serve an initial four-year term.
If he is re-elected in 2021, he will be at the helm of the governing body when Paris stages the 2024 Paralympic Games.
Assman, a wheelchair fencer and winner of a Paralympic bronze medal in the team épée at Athens 2004 who secured a third term as CPSF President earlier this year, congratulated Parsons for his election triumph.
She also hailed the appointment of New Zealand's Duane Kale as an IPC vice-president.
"I would like to congratulate the new President of the IPC," Assman said.
"The new vice-president, Duane Kale, was on the [International Olympic Committee] Evaluation Commission so he knows our project very, very well.
"The Paralympic Movement is at a turning point and we are confident the new President can bring together all the key players to benefit from this momentum and bring the Paralympic Movement to a new level.
"We have already been in touch with Parsons and he is very excited about the prospect of the Games coming to Paris.
"He is super confident that we will be able to deliver an unforgettable Paralympics."
Assman, the Chef de Mission of the French team for the 14 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi and who was awarded the Légion d'Honneur, France's highest decoration, in 2015 was speaking during a Paris 2024 participation event here.
The event, attended by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, saw athletes such as wheelchair tennis star Michael Jeremiasz take on members of the Peruvian wheelchair basketball team in an exhibition match.
French judo star Teddy Riner, a nine-time world champion who recently extended his winning run to 134 consecutive matches, gave a demonstration of the sport to series of Peruvian youngsters.
The French capital is due to be officially awarded the 2024 event during the International Olympic Committee Session here tomorrow, with Los Angeles due to be confirmed as hosts of the 2028 Games.