France cel­e­brates Games win

Waterloo Region Record - - SPORTS -

Paris Mayor Anne Hi­dalgo waved a flag Fri­day and her plane was sprayed by a cel­e­bra­tory wa­ter can­non as the French Olympic del­e­ga­tion was wel­comed back in Paris af­ter se­cur­ing the 2024 Olympic Games.

Hi­dalgo noted the se­ri­ous­ness of the un­der­tak­ing for Paris, which has been tar­geted by ex­trem­ist at­tacks. She said she trusts “our po­lice and se­cu­rity forces to help us make these games a cel­e­bra­tion.”

The date, 2024, is sig­nif­i­cant date for Paris as it marks 100 years since the city last held an Olympics in 1924.

The vic­tory wasn’t a sur­prise. Paris and Los An­ge­les had worked out a deal in ad­vance with the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee for Paris to get the 2024 Sum­mer Games and Los An­ge­les the 2028 games.

In a cer­e­mony Fri­day at the pres­i­den­tial palace in Paris, French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron said “these games must make France a true sports na­tion.”

Macron’s pre­de­ces­sors, Fran­cois Hol­lande and Ni­co­las Sarkozy. “We have an enor­mous amount of work to do to be able to or­ga­nize and fully win, al­to­gether, these 2024 Games,” Macron added.

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