Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games presented us with the exciting challenge of delivering the world’s biggest event. But, rising to challenges is what we do at Paris 2024. So we decided to take things one step further and organise the world’s biggest event in a way that involves everyone. Athletes know that success is never down to one person alone, it is a collective endeavour. That’s exactly how we feel about Paris 2024.
The Paris 2024 concept started because we wanted to create the Games in collaboration with the people for the people. We have already positioned participation as one of our fundamental pillars to deepen the bond between the public and the Games. And this attitude, at this early stage, has never been seen before.
It tallies with the IOC’s new model, which puts people at its heart and encourages host cities to start interacting with the wider public, and young people in particular, many years before the Games begin. In the past, people could only experience a few highlights first-hand (the Olympic Torch Relay and the emblem reveal for example). Now, Olympic Agenda 2020, the Olympic movement’s strategic roadmap for the coming years, has enshrined participation as a new principle and the new standard.
Paris 2024 – a common good
We believe in our project because so many people are on board with us. This collective energy swept across the country, the sporting movement and local stakeholders very early on. Paris 2024 is a project that mainland France and the French overseas territories can all get behind, at the venues hosting competitions and in the communities that will be awarded the Terre de Jeux 2024 label, which gives local authorities, sport federations and clubs the opportunity to start taking part in the 2024 journey today. Sport clubs will be invited to join the movement from early 2020.
The biggest stage in the sporting world
We know it’s impossible to create a sporting spectacle without sportspeople. Everyone in the sporting movement – the CNOSF (French National Olympic and Sports Committee), CPSF (French Paralympic and Sports Committee), sport federations, clubs and athletes – is committed to helping sport grow day in day out. Together, they hold the essential expertise Paris 2024 needs to organise the world’s biggest sporting event.
Grassroots associations are involved in sport on a daily basis. France has 1.5 million such organisations, offering a valuable source of employment and volunteering opportunities, creativity and local ties. They understand their communities in all their diversity and are the best channel to bring to life our promise that sport can change lives.
Games by athletes for athletes
Athletes have formed an integral part of this journey since the bidding phase. Paris 2024 chose to call on the expertise of elite sportspeople because we are aware our athletes are our best ambassadors. A group of athletes is active within the Organising Committee on the Athletes’ Commission. At Paris 2024, this Commission has a broader remit than for previous Games and is consulted at every important milestone in the preparation process for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Games for all French people
Our project is designed to involve everyone in France and the 1.8-million-strong French community abroad. Every generation will have their own part to play in Paris 2024.