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The concept of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2012 is based on the location and organisation of most of the venues at the gates of Paris, along the Ring road, leaving the heart of the capital free for celebration.
 

A Village, two clusters, linked by a dedicated Olympic road.
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The aim of this concept is to reflect the International Olympic Committee's guidelines: to achieve a high level of sporting, cultural and environmental excellence, to control the complexity and cost of the Games and to provide the best possible post-Olympic legacy.
 
The venues will be positioned around the Olympic Village, located in the north-west of Paris. At a distance of six kilometres on either side of the Village, there are two “clusters” of sports venues to the west and north of Paris, with all venues being linked by dedicated lanes.
 
The Western cluster comprises ten sports venues. Its anchor point is at the Porte de Saint-Cloud gate, and it incorporates Paris's historic sports venues: the stadiums Parc des Princes, Jean Bouin and Roland Garros. The cluster extends northwards into the Bois de Boulogne green park with temporary installations.
 
The Northern cluster incorporates eight sports venues, the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and the Main Press Centre (MPC). To the north, it is bordered by Stade de France® (Olympic Stadium) and, to the south, by a new permanent SuperDome erected near the Porte de la Chapelle gate. Inside this area, five temporary pavilions will be erected and a permanent Aquatics Centre will be built on the banks of the Saint-Denis canal.
 
In addition to the Western and Northern clusters and the Olympic Village, the proposal incorporates:

The Paris 2012 concept is built on major existing venues including the Olympic Stadium.

Two venues in the heart of the city:
 
• the temporary Beach Volleyball venue at the foot of the Eiffel Tower,

• the existing Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy for Judo and Badminton,

Five specific venues in the Ile-de-France region:
 
• two temporary venues in Versailles for Road Cycling and Shooting,
• two venues at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines for Track Cycling (permanent velodrome) and Mountain Bike,
• the existing Vaires-sur-Marne basin for Rowing and Canoe-Kayak,
 
Five venues in the country:
 
• the Port des Minimes at La Rochelle for Sailing,
• the Football stadiums of Lens, Lyon, Marseille and Nantes.
Furthermore, the central location of Parisian hotel facilities and their capacity and their diversity guarantee accommodation for the Olympic Family and accredited media at the very heart of the Olympic city.
 
The Paris 2012 concept is built on major existing venues including the Olympic Stadium. It ensures optimal utilisation of venues during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. As regards the post-Olympic legacy, the risk of under-used venues is minimised, with only four permanent new sports venues being constructed.
 
Since 1992, Paris and the Ile-de-France region have committed themselves to a sustainable development approach in accordance with the Agenda 21 adopted by France during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development. Based on sensitive and progressive urban development projects and on a vision of the Olympic experience as a unique opportunity to increase awareness and change behaviours, the organisation of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2012 would further promote this policy.
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