Paris To Host Olympics 2024; Equestrian At Versailles

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Tuesday 01 August - 23h29 | Yeelen Ravier

Paris To Host Olympics 2024; Equestrian At Versailles

It is now all but official! The 2024 Summer Olympics are expected to take place in Paris, France after Los Angeles opted to accept the 2028 edition. The next summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo in 2020.   

 - Paris To Host Olympics 2024; Equestrian At Versailles

The view from the palace over the Grand Canal and parkland
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After several months of negotiations, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach announced that the French capital is indeed expected to be named host of the 2024 Games instead of Los Angeles. While the scenario had been envisaged since the start of the year, there had been no confirmation by the IOC. 

On June 31, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti declared the city’s new candidacy for the 2028 Games, and that announcement was followed a month later (this week) by the withdrawal of its application for 2024 — leaving the road open to Paris. And the Californian city had an incentive to do so; the IOC has reportedly promised better financial conditions to L.A. for 2028, rising to 1.8 billion dollars of funding.

If confirmed at the September IOC meeting in South America, Paris would become the second city after London to host the Olympic Games three times. Paris would also be welcoming back the Olympics 100 years after hosting them in 1924. And for 2024, the city has some ambitious plans. Notably in the environmental sphere containing infrastructure construction, the hosting of athletes and spectators, and energy production and consumption… Indeed, the national French Olympic committee is working with WWF (World Wildlife Federation) France, with the association having apparently already submitted 80 environmental proposals to the organizing committee — recommending notably that 100% of the food for the Games be local and organic, and that 100% of the energy to power the event be renewable. 

Equestrian competitions for the Games will take place in the park of the Chateau de Versailles, the historic palace just outside Paris where Louis XIX, the Sun King, ruled the country from 1682. The Palace remained as the seat of goverment for over 100 years until the Royal Family was forced back into the city at the beginning of the French Revolution. As a former hunting lodge, it still sits in acres of wooden parkland and formal gardens and this year hosted, for the first time, a CSI 5* showjumping competition with the palace as backdrop.
a site which can host up to 20,000 people for the cross country, and there are plans for a 60'000 seater arena for dressage and showjumping.  The main stadium, where opening and closing ceremonies will take place, will be the Stade de France, with the Olympic village nearby. Stay tuned for more information!

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