Tony Estanguet, president of the Organizing Committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, was confident about the organization of the opening ceremony on the Seine, with RMC.
The opening ceremony of the 2024 Summer Games in Paris in France could well take place on the Seine, instead of the Stade de France. A subject again mentioned this Sunday morning, in the program of “Grandes Gueules du Sport” on RMC, by Tony Estanguet, President of the Organizing Committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The latter, determined to make an impression at this level, was also rather confident on this subject., although it is obviously completely new: “We work hard, we want to offer spectacular and popular Olympics. We want to change the format of the opening ceremony, from a ceremony with a few tens of thousands of people and extremely expensive seats, to a ceremony in the city center open to the wider world. “
“We will not take any risk”
While giving some details about the event: “Rather than reproducing artificial sets in a stadium which are very expensive, we will use the natural setting of Paris and existing infrastructures. We are working on it. We have already had a million people recently on the Champs-Elysées to celebrate footballers (Editor’s note: after the World Cup victory in 2018) and there are celebrations every year with several hundred thousand people in the streets of Paris. We must be able to organize an opening ceremony in town, but we won’t take any risks. “
“Safety is our priority”
The objective is in particular to allow the various delegations of sportsmen, who will then be present for the prestigious event, to parade on several dozen boats, in front of a public, which would then have taken place along the banks, which could accommodate up to to at least two million people. However, nothing has yet been taken for granted, as this project, presented as particularly ambitious, also seems more than complex, from a safety point of view. : “Safety is our priority. We will only do this if we are able to ensure that security. But we will get there. We have three years to find answers. “