IOC eval­u­a­tor likes Paris’s vi­sion

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

IOC eval­u­a­tion com­mis­sion chair Pa­trick Bau­mann praised Paris’ vi­sion for the Olympics as he wrapped up a three-day visit to the French cap­i­tal on Tues­day.

Bau­mann, how­ever, stopped short of giv­ing hints on whether the city of lights will host the games in 2024 or four years later.

As the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee cur­rently as­sesses the pos­si­bil­ity of award­ing Paris and Los An­ge­les the next two Olympics in Septem­ber, Bau­mann said he was im­pressed by the sense of his­tory at the heart of the French bid.

Many Parisian land­marks, in­clud­ing the Grand Palais, the Arc de Tri­om­phe, the Champ de Mars and the Eif­fel Tower, will be used if Paris wins.

Bau­mann said the Paris bid “can put sport in the mid­dle of that his­tory.”

“And there is also the Olympic his­tory, with the Baron Pierre de Cou­bertin, this is where mod­ern Olympics were born,” Bau­mann said.

“There is a very strong link be­tween Paris’ his­tory, the Olympics his­tory and their will to host the games again af­ter those of 1924.”

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