The president of the Organizing Committee of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Tony Estanguet has assured the public that Paris 2024 will take place, irrespective of “whatever happens” this year in Tokyo, while indicating that a new delay of the Games in Japan would have ” quite a limited impact ”. He thus made it known in an interview in a French newspaper, this Wednesday, January 27.
Estanguet believes that Tokyo will be able to organize the Games initially planned for 2020 this year, but stressed that they will be held “if conditions permit,” while indicating that a new delay or cancellation would not influence the Paris calendar, which is planned open their games on July 26, 2024.
“Our Games will be held in 2024, whatever happens in Tokyo. I want these Games to take place, because they are going to create a strong dynamic, but Paris 2024 is not tied to the fate of Tokyo, “he said.
The president of Paris 2024 acknowledged that the pandemic is delaying the signing of some sponsorship contracts, but was confident that, throughout the year, 60% of the budget can be completed, a little less than the two-thirds initially planned .