The Founding Committee of Paris 2012, the organisation behind Paris’ Bid to host
the Olympic and Paralympic Games, held its second session today and successfully
passed one hurdle in the completion of its Candidature File to be delivered to
the International Olympic Committee on 15 November 2004. Several decisions were
taken that will significantly reinforce the excellence of the dossier and its
suitability with the IOC’s and requirements and aspirations.
An ambitious and voluntarist Strategic Plan for Transport has been adopted. It allows the creation of a 28 kilometres Olympic Lane on the “Peripherique”
boulevard, which will offer optimal circulation conditions between the competition
venues and the Olympic Village, for the athletes and the Olympic Family.
To guarantee that the spectators will also share the Olympic experience under
the best conditions, the public transport services between the sites have also
A plan to accelerate the development of facilities for disabled people was adopted. The persons with reduced mobility will enjoy an improved accessibility to all
the Parisian and Ile-de-France network, with 187 metro and train stations accessible
to disabled people by 2012.
Regarding the competition venues, the concept of Two Clusters, in the West and
in the North of the Capitale, has been endorsed. Two thirds of the competition
will be concentrated in those two clusters, which will significantly reinforce
the security and the transport quality of the disposal.
Inside the North cluster, the implementation of a “SuperDome” will be a symbol of the reconnection between
Paris and its nearest North suburbs. This Super Dome will be one of the main sportive
legacies of the 2012 Games and will host all the Gymnastics competition.
Following a consultation with the International federation, handball competitions
will be hosted in one single Pavilion.
In the Western cluster, aggressive regeneration and development planning of the Bois de Boulogne have
been adopted to allow the creation of an additional 2 hectares of green spaces
All the competitions of the Modern Pentathlon will occur in the historic site
of the 1900 Olympic Games in the Croix Catelan.
The Eiffel Tower, the iconic Parisian landmark, last becomes one of the centre
pieces of the competition disposal as the site was chosen to host the tournaments of
Beach-Volley and to be the starting point of all the “ambulatory” races like the
Triathlon, the Marathon and Track Cycling.
As of the opening of the Games, the swimming competition of the Triathlon will
take place at the foot of the Tower in the Seine River, offering exceptional view
to the spectators all around the world.
The calendar of the Games has also been voted. The Olympic Games will take place from 27 July to 12 August, the Paralympic
Games from August 29 to September 9 2012 in order to benefit from the best weather
and environmental conditions and from minimised traffic.
The Founding Fathers of the Bid closed the session by agreeing to adopt a Chart
of Sustainable Development for the future Organisation Committee as of next September.