France Told Not to Be Arrogant in Potential 2024 Olympic Bid

October 21, 2013

France has been warned to not take the same arrogant approach that the country took in their Paris 2012 Olympic Games bid should they join the race to host the 2024 event.

Triple Olympic ski champion and France’s longest serving Olympic member Jean-Claude Killy offered his advice in an interview with French newspaper Journal du Dimanche.

Killy said: “We must stop putting ourselves forward as something we’re not. We can’t turn up once every ten years and tell the whole world what the Olympic movement is about, that shows arrogance, and then go and repeat that ten years later.”

The 70-year-old, who only gave a lukewarm support to Annecy’s 2018 Winter Olympic Games bid gave further advice to the French capital if they were to become a 2024 host city candidate.

“They should create a Team France obviously backed by the mayor (of Paris),” he continued.

“It also helps to pay attention to the competition. The Americans will be hard to beat.”

Killy also ruled himself out of playing a significant part in any eventual bid, saying it was “out of the question.”