French Olympic delegation celebrates 2024 Games victory
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, also attended the reception, along with several dozen former and current champions. All gathered in the presidential Elysee Palace reception hall in a joyful atmosphere.
"We have an enormous amount of work to do to be able to organize and fully win, altogether, these 2024 Games," Macron added.
American DeFrantz elected to 2nd term as IOC vice president
American Anita DeFrantz has won her second term as vice president of the International Olympic Committee.
DeFrantz, a bronze medalist in rowing at the 1976 Olympics, also served as an IOC vice president from 1997-2001. She has spent 14 of the past 25 years on the IOC's executive board.
Robin Mitchell of Fiji, Nicole Hoevertsz of Aruba and Denis Oswald of Switzerland were also elected to the IOC executive board Friday in one of the few contested elections at this week's meetings. There were six candidates vying for three spots.
On Wednesday, the IOC awarded the 2024 Olympics to Paris and the 2028 Olympics to Los Angeles in votes that required only a show of hands because there was no opposition for either.
Some Olympic leaders impatient with onslaught of scandals
As soon as he got the job, the new ethics chair of the International Olympic Committee received an earful, as well.
Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon was elected to his new position Thursday — handed the task of restoring credibility to an organization that, according to its own members, is getting "hammered" by an onslaught of unsavory scandals.
In his acceptance speech, Ban called his new task "a serious responsibility." After he was done, and the floor was opened for questions, IOC members took turns accentuating the challenge he faces.
This week's IOC session was highlighted by the dual award of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics to Paris and Los Angeles. Sharing those headlines have been almost-daily developments about Brazilian IOC member Carlos Nuzman , who is under investigation for his alleged role in a $2 million vote-buying scheme to bring the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.
Earlier this week, IOC president Thomas Bach said the committee was awaiting word from Brazilian authorities before determining next steps.