"Temporary Is As much Legacy As Permanent"
Paris 2012: Optimal Olympic Legacy is an Ambitious Combination of Permanent and Temporary Venues.
On the last day of SportAccord, the annual meeting of the International Sports Federations, Essar Gabriel, Deputy CEO of Paris 2012, has presented the tremendous sporting legacy of a Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, based on 3 pillars:
- A total commitment from the State and the local authorities towards the sporting movement, reflected by a permanent investment in the building of sports infrastructures;
- An ambitious project to build six new structures, essential to high-level professional sport in France;
- A strong post-Olympic business-plan which will enrich the Olympic movement without exposing the public authorities to the risk of "White Elephants".
This balanced vision guarantees an ambitious and responsible sporting legacy which is in line with the recommendations of the Olympic Games Study Commission, adopted by the IOC in
Prague, July 2003.
Post-Olympic sporting legacy will complete the level of France’s sporting equipment
The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, in 2012 would ensure the construction of 6 upperlevel infrastructures, needed in France: an Aquatic Centre (Seine Saint Denis), a SuperDome (Porte de la Chapelle), a Shooting Centre (Versailles), a Velodrome (Saint Quentin en Yvelines), and world-class facilities for Hockey, Baseball and Softball.
Furthermore with this new major structure, each of the 28 members of the Summer Olympic Sports International Federations would find, from 2013, first quality venues for the organization of their competitions, at all levels and in all categories.
An ambitious and reliable legacy, that strongly enriches the sporting movement
The significant sporting legacy guaranteed by Paris 2012 enriches the Olympic and sporting Movement without exposing the public authorities to the risk of "white elephants". Each of the new permanent structures built for the Games will cater to a tangible need. Thus, they all benefit from a strong post-Olympic business plan.
When no post-Olympic use was required, Paris 2012 has chosen to use 13 temporary structures, including 7 Temporary Pavilions, displaying a reliable economic approach, enabling a post-Olympic legacy to be shared with the entire nation thanks to the pre-recycling of the Pavilions.
The 6 other outdoor temporary facilities will highlight exceptional iconic symbols of France including the Eiffel Tower, Château de Versailles, Champs de Mars and the Longchamp Bagatelle racecourse, ensuring an unforgettable celebration for all Olympic Summer International Federations.
Essar Gabriel said: "Paris 2012 builds a strong sporting legacy based on a balanced combination of existing, planed, permanent and temporary structures. Enriched by a mastered economic approach, the Paris 2012 concept is a pertinent response to the post-Olympic needs of the Federations and the French population, and ensures an unforgettable Olympic celebration!"
Beyond this physical legacy, Essar Gabriel outlined the strong intangible legacy for Federations and the global sporting movement: four million new sports enthusiasts after the Games, ambitious cultural and educational programs promoting sporting values and a strong role given to sport for social integration.
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The pre-recycling of the 7 Temporary Pavilions planed by Paris 2012
Paris 2012’s concept relies on the use of 7 state-of-the-art Temporary Pavilions, indoor structures that are equipped to welcome, in the best conditions, athletes and spectators during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.
Paris 2012 plan incorporates an unprecedented, innovative strategy for the utilization of the Temporary Pavilions before and after the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
One pioneering concept, called "pre-recycling", envisions the use of some of the Pavilions in place of existing sporting facilities. These will be used whilst the existing venues are undergoing transformation in the lead up to the Games. After the Olympics, some Temporary Pavilions will be recycled as sports facilities throughout France, ensuring the physical legacy of the Games is felt throughout the entire country.
The Olympic Games Study Commission
Created in 2002 by Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Games Study Commission plans to analyze the current scale and scope of the Olympic Games ; to propose solutions to help manage the inherent size, complexity and cost of staging the Olympic Games in the future; and to assess how the Games can be more streamlined and efficient.
The recommendations of the Olympic Games Study Commission were adopted by the IOC during its 115th session in Prague in July 2003.