Paris 2024: the opening ceremony could be held “in the city center along the Seine”

The day after the Paralympic Games closed, Tony Estanguet, president of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee (Cojop), spoke of his plan for the next Olympics. He promises in particular “an opening ceremony in the city center”.

“We want to transform this beautiful city of Paris into a fairly majestic sports setting”, explained Tony Estanguet on Monday, September 6 on RMC Sport, adding that he was thinking “even of an opening ceremony in the city center” . A grandiose ceremony which would allow, according to him, to pass “from a few tens of thousands of people at the ticket office to several hundred thousand people, even millions of people, along the Seine”.

A decision in December

A “project of an unprecedented scale”, rejoices the three-time Olympic canoe champion, who ensures “working there for a year already”. And if for the moment, nothing is certain, “the decision should be taken in December”, he continues, adding that it was necessary above all “to succeed in coordinating all the authorities and the various services of the State, Region and City ”.

But the biggest is already imagined according to Tony Estanguet, who promises that “all the elected officials” as well as “the big decision-makers” are “convinced”. “Now, we must look precisely at all the means that this will generate”, admits the one who holds the purse strings, while the Olympic and Paralympic Games must be mainly financed “by private funds”.

Asked about the price of places for this large-scale ceremony, the president of the Cojop was unable to answer but assures us that there will be “paid places” as well as “free places”. But “we are a 1901 association, we are not here to make a profit”, he specified, announcing that the ticket office would be open “in the summer of 2023”.

In the meantime, he has above all the objective of “opening these games”, with “the desire to reach out to people”. And to detail: “we are going to take sport out of the stadiums, by putting tests at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, at the Invalides and at the Grand Palais”. “It will be the biggest event ever organized in this country”, he finally congratulated himself.

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