Yorgos Orfanos, the Greek Minister of Sport, who is currently in Paris to attend the Conference
of the Youth and Sport Ministers of French-speaking Countries, met with Philippe
Baudillon, the CEO of Paris 2012, today.
During the meeting at the Paris 2012 office, Philippe Baudillon described to his guest the Paris
2012 concept “One Village, Two Clusters”, which is at the heart of Paris’s Bid
to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. They discussed the success of
the Athens Games in 2004, including the overwhelming popular support offered by
the Athenians and the outstanding management of the volunteer program by the Greek
Organization Committee, which provided inspiration for Paris 2012.
Mr. Baudillon told Mr. Orfanos that three experts from the Athens Games Organization Committee
were now working for Paris 2012, within the areas of Transport, Marketing and
Communications, providing their experience and insights towards the further development
of the French candidature.
Concluding the meeting, Philippe Baudillon declared: “By organizing the Olympic and Paralympic Games
in Athens in 2004, Greece offered the world a rare emotional moment. The long-awaited
return of the Games to their homeland will mark the Olympic movement forever.
The Games were a success and serves as a model for Paris 2012, which aspires to
follow in their footsteps. We had the benefit of being in Athens before and during
the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games and we observed with great interest the
work of the Organization Committee.”
Yorgos Orfanos declared: “In Paris I saw the overwhelming popular support that Paris 2012 enjoys, and
I have truly been charmed by this “Amour des Jeux” that we feel here in France.
Paris 2012’s concept is a very beautiful project that honors the Olympic values.
I have wished good luck to Philippe Baudillon and to the entire Paris 2012 team
for the IOC’s decisive vote which will elect, on July 6th, the host city of the
Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. I hope that Paris will enjoy the experience
to the same degree that we did in Athens.”