Los Angeles spells out low-cost, bold Olympic future in Games pitch




  • In US
  • 2017-07-11 12:06:19Z
  • By By Karolos Grohmann and Brian Homewood

By Karolos Grohmann and Brian Homewood

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday described Paris's bid to host the 2024 Olympics as the best defense against threats to the Games' values of openness, tolerance and respect for the environment.

"Olympic values are our values. They are threatened, called into question by many today, so it's the best moment to defend them," Macron told reporters after the city presented its bid to the International Olympic Committee.

Paris is competing against Los Angeles, publicly backed by U.S. President Donald Trump, whom Macron has criticized for taking his country out of the Paris accord on climate change.

Macron was the first head of state to attend the formal presentation of Olympic bids; Trump was not present.

Paris, which hosted the 1900 and 1924 Games, failed with bids to host the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

"You are right to remember that we lost three times. We don't want to lose a fourth one," Macron said.

"I decided from the very beginning of my mandate to back this project and give the maximum to promote this candidature."

The IOC was due to vote later on Tuesday on whether to ratify its executive board's recommendation to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games at the same time, on Sept. 13.

Paris is seen as the favorite to land the 2024 Olympics, with Los Angeles having hinted it would accept 2028.

Los Angeles, like Paris, has already hosted the Olympics twice - in 1932 and 1984.

"I am here to convey a message that the French people are ready," said Macron. "I would not be here if they were not ready."

Paris is proposing a compact Games with almost every venue temporary or already in place. But it still needs to build an athletes' village, the biggest project of the bid.

Macron said Paris would not be leaving any "white elephants" behind.


(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann and Michel Rose; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

COMMENTS

More Related News

Trump takes 'America First' to wary U.N. audience
Trump takes 'America First' to wary U.N. audience

President Trump will use his maiden speech to the U.N. General Assembly to condemn Iran, call for global action on North Korea, and unapologetically defend his nationalistic "America First" stance before wary world leaders, administration officials said. Chinese President Xi Jinping is skipping the annual diplomatic crush in New York, but Trump will at least implicitly criticize Beijing in his Tuesday speech for not doing enough to tighten an economic vise on North Korea.

Interior chief urges shrinking 4 national monuments in West
Interior chief urges shrinking 4 national monuments in West

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that four large national monuments in the West be reduced in size, potentially opening up hundreds of thousands of acres of land revered for natural beauty ...

Hillary Clinton Won't Rule Out Questioning The Legitimacy Of Donald Trump's Election
Hillary Clinton Won't Rule Out Questioning The Legitimacy Of Donald Trump's Election

Hillary Clinton opened the door to possibly questioning whether Donald Trump was legitimately elected president, depending on the outcome of investigations into Russia's role in the 2016 campaign.

Trump
Trump's week anchored by speech to UN General Assembly

NEW YORK (AP) - President Donald Trump is making his debut at the United Nations and taking his complaints about the world body straight to the source.

Pro-Trump rally draws hundreds, not thousands to Washington
Pro-Trump rally draws hundreds, not thousands to Washington

Organizers had dubbed it the Mother of All Rallies and hoped to bring out thousands to pack the National Mall on Saturday in support of President Donald Trump. In the end, hundreds of flag-waving demonstrators ...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: US

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.