Five years ahead of the Paris 2024 Games, organisers have embarked on a joint-development project involving National Olympic and Paralympic Committees, which has never been attempted on this scale or within this time frame, so far ahead of the event.
Games organisers have played host this month to 29 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from five continents as part of a two-day Welcome Days event.
It was attended by representatives from prominent Olympic nations such as the United States, China, Russia, Britain, Brazil and Japan, as well as smaller countries such as Eritrea, Guatemala and Andorra.
The intention of organisers was to collect a wide range of information.
“The aim was to present the Paris 2024 project to these representatives, involve them in its development and enable them to plan for the Games,” Paris 2024 said.
“This is the first time that such an event has been organised five years ahead of the Games.”
Speaking ahead of the event, Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet said: “The 206 National Olympic Committees and 184 National Paralympic Committees are major contributors to the success and smooth running of the Games.
“The meetings between the host country and the NOCs and NPCs usually start in the four years running up to the Games, after the most recent Olympics.
“With the permission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), we wanted to bring these discussions forward to respond to the requests from a number of NOCs and NPCs who wanted to meet with Paris 2024, to share the details of our project with them, show them around our facilities and step up our ambition to innovate and develop these Games together.”
Paris 2024 hoped to make use of these representatives’ experience, expectations and cultures to enhance certain key aspects of its project, such as the Olympic Village and the celebratory aspect.
Themes such as “sport and the climate” and “international cooperation and commitment” were the topics of work groups.
The two-day event also gave Paris 2024 the opportunity to present its full project and Olympic and Paralympic concepts through site visits.