Two years before the 2024 Olympics in Paris, the organizer and state obstacle course

Tony Estanger and Sports Minister Ameriude Castella visiting the headquarters of the Paris Olympic Organizing Committee in Saint-Denis, near Paris on May 31, 2022.
Tony Estanger and Sports Minister Amelie de Castella (FRANCK FIFE / AFP / Archives) visiting the headquarters of the Paris Olympic Organizing Committee in Sandoni, near Paris on May 31, 2022.

After the Tokyo Olympics, Tony Estanguet, the boss of the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee, said he was “ready to run the marathon at 100 meters” by the summer of 2024. Two years after the start, the race was littered with obstacles for the organizers and the nation.

.. Budget: How high will your bill be?

Inflation focuses on the € 4 billion budget of the Organizing Committee of the Paris Olympics (Cojo) and the budget of Solideo, which is responsible for the construction of permanent works (€ 4 billion, including 1.55 public funds).

On the Cojo side, there are no numbers to filter your savings. How much do you need to find after the release of € 300 million at the end of 2020? All markets have not yet passed and all sponsors (after the arrival of Carrefour, the gorgeous giant LVMH is awaited) have not yet been acquired.

Paris 2024: Olympic venue
Paris 2024: Olympic venue (Paz PIZARRO / AFP)

“They are growing very much in terms of budget,” confessing to AFP a source close to the file so that it fits within their envelope (ticketing, sponsorship, contributions from the IOC). The “price truth” will fall in the fall due to a budget review scheduled for the end of the year, some sources say.

On the Solideo side, inflation needs to be paid by someone, perhaps the state. The state exceeds the sports budget limit each year.

Expected economic conditions make leanness even more essential. Otherwise, the Olympics will lose public opinion.

..Security: Find missing agents

Public institutions need to be available-definitely financially-and above all, you need to find the 20,000 private agents you need while the sector is kneeling since the health crisis.
Public agencies need to be available-definitely in funding-and above all, needed to find the 20,000 private agents needed while the sector has been kneeling since the health crisis (CHRISTOPHE SIMON /) AFP / Archives)

The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on the Seine gives police a cold sweat. Should it be reduced? For now, Cojo doesn’t want to change anything. However, it is also necessary to ensure the safety of the Olympics and Paralympics during the two months of summer. Part of the event will take place in the heart of Paris, on Place de la Concorde, very close to the Elysees, towards the Eiffel Tower and even at the Palace of Versailles.

Public agencies need to be available-definitely in funding-and above all, to find the 20,000 private agents needed while the sector has been kneeling since the health crisis.

..Transport: Avoid embolism at the ring road and RER exits

Transportation issues are essential to managing the expected approximately 10 million spectators, especially as the specific subway lines (16 and 17) that were planned to serve Seine-Saint-Denis are not in time.
Transportation issues are essential to managing the expected approximately 10 million spectators, especially as the specific subway lines (16 and 17) that were planned to serve Seine-Saint-Denis are not in time. (Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP / Archives)

Transportation issues are essential to managing the expected approximately 10 million spectators, especially as the specific subway lines (16 and 17) that were planned to serve Seine-Saint-Denis are not in time.

A report on the transportation and service system must be submitted to the Prime Minister at the beginning of the school year in light of the incident that highlighted access issues in the Champions League final at the Stade de France.

In addition to the classic public transport network, as with other Olympic editions, you need to charter additional buses and suddenly find a driver when you’re short on profession. The Paralympic Games have also made significant progress in terms of accessibility.

A decree was announced in May that defines the “Olympic Lane,” the lane reserved for athletes, officials, the media, and paramedics from July 1st to September 15th.

.. Doping: It’s urgent!

“The IOC is worried,” some sources from the anti-doping world told AFP, as Kojo was “very late” to set up an anti-doping organization during the Olympics.

If the Secretariat is the International Testing Institute (ITA) during the Olympics, it is Cojo’s responsibility to plan the logistics and ensure that it intervenes and works properly. AFLD (French Anti-Doping Agency) needs to regain its mission.

.. “Move” the French

Students from an elementary school in Paris on February 2, 2021 during the 5th edition of the Olympics and Paralympics
February 2, 2021, Olympic and Paralympic 5th Edition (FRANCK FIFE / AFP / Archives) students at an elementary school in Paris

To “move” French people while sedentary lifestyles are causing havoc between adults and children: The shared public health objective between the state and the Olympics has been 30 minutes so far. Activities in elementary school that brought about an initiative initiated by Cojo to set up physical activity in France. Its generalization has become one of the means of President Emmanuel Macron’s program.

After winning the Olympics, the goal of 3 million additional practitioners displayed in 2017 is difficult to reach, which is also undermined by the health crisis.

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