Following the submission of its Candidature File to the International Olympic
Committee, Paris 2012 today revealed three trump cards as it showed its hand in
the contest to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
At an official reception hosted by Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris and President
of Paris 2012, senior Paris 2012 officials highlighted the three winning elements
underpinned by the shared passion of the French nation and theme of the Bid -
"L’Amour des Jeux".
• The first advantage is the extraordinary support for the Paris bid from the country’s political, sports and business leaders, including French President Jacques Chirac,
the national, regional and local political authorities, the French National Olympic
Committee, the IOC Members and the athletes. Most importantly, the Bid has received
unparalleled public support, with 92 percent of the French public believing that
the Games will benefit the nation according to a recent opinion poll by TNS Sofres.
This national consensus provided the motivation behind a unique Paris 2012 concept,
based on placing the athletes at the heart of a compact Games, with an Olympic
Village that would be conveniently located almost equidistant between the two
main Olympic competition venue clusters.
• The second trump card lies in Paris’s formidable existing Olympic assets. For example, the city already possesses 100 percent of the accommodation and
95 percent of the public transport and Olympic Lanes necessary to service the
Games in 2012. In fact, 50,000 existing hotel rooms in Paris have already been
secured at a fixed price for 2012. In addition, two thirds of the proposed sports
venues are in place, including the iconic Stade de France and Roland Garros.
Intangible Olympic assets also include the invaluable experience gained from
two previous Olympic Bids in the last decade, together with the unmatched expertise
of hosting 24 World Championships in Olympic Sports, including the world’s largest
sporting events - the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2003 IAAF World Championships.
• A third trump card behind the Bid lies in the excellence of Paris 2012’s sustainable
Olympic legacy, facilitated by the substantial amounts of capital investment freed up by the
extensive use of existing Olympic assets. This means that Paris is prepared to
construct exciting new sports venues, including the Aquatics Centre, Velodrome,
Superdome and the Shooting Centre, which will give lasting benefits to the Nation.
The total cost of the Paris Games is estimated at only €4.1bn.
Importantly, the Olympic Village project will stimulate major urban regeneration
of the Batignolles district, transforming one of Paris’s last underdeveloped urban
areas into a thriving, cosmopolitan residential and commercial district, which
will become “The Olympic Quarter” after the Games.
In places where long-term utilisation of Olympic structures cannot be foreseen,
Paris 2012 will erect temporary facilities that will be dismantled after the Games.
The Paris 2012 Agenda 21 sets out a plan to ensure the Games are a lasting success
in terms of environmental, economic, social and urban development. Also, one of
its main commitments is to fully integrate people with a disability into urban
life, a decisive factor for cities in the future.
Notes to editors
To coincide with the Paris official reception, French Embassies in 14 nations,
covering every continent, have simultaneously briefed official guests and media
on the highlights of the Paris 2012 Candidature File.