Paris City Council Backs 2024 Games Bid; Bach to Meet Hollande
April 13, 2015
A Paris bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games became ever more likely this week as the city’s council voted in favour of backing the capital’s candidacy to the International Olympic Committee.
The 163 city councillors were overwhelmingly supportive of a bid to host the Games when they met to vote on the topic on Monday.
The decision has no doubt been helped by the fact that Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has thrown her weight behind the bid.
Hidalgo was initially resistant to publicly supporting the proposal to host a third Games in Paris. However, ambulance only last month the mayor says a report issued by French sport officials has convinced her of the advantages of a bid.
IOC president Thomas Bach is due to meet French President Francois Hollande this week to discuss Paris’s ambition to host the Games 100 years after they last hosted it.
“This is an historical vote which marks an important moment of our collective life,” said Hidalgo this week.
“We are now committed to the Olympic adventure,” she said.
While the vote result pushes Paris closer to officially launching their bid, a final decision is not expected until June.
The only cities to have formally declared their candidacy for 2024 so far are Boston, Rome and Hamburg.