Tony Estanguet promises that Olympic Games in Paris will be unique

After serving as the leader of Paris’ bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tony Estanguet assumed the position of president of the Paris Olympics Organising Committee two years later. During his attendance at the Cannes Film Festival, Estanguet, a three-time gold medalist, discussed the city’s progress in preparing for the upcoming Olympic Games in an interview with Hindustan Times’ Faizal Khan.

France’s flag-bearer at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and experienced participant in the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, and London 2012, the slalom canoeist Estanguet is well-versed in the Olympic Games. As the chief of Paris 2024, he pledged to create a remarkable event centered around the people. Estanguet elaborates on the unique aspects of this edition of the Games compared to its predecessors.

According to Estanguet, the opening ceremony for Paris 2024 will be a unique experience as it will not take place in a stadium, but in the city where it will be greeted by a large crowd. The aim is to highlight the best of France and the most suitable setting for welcoming athletes from around the world is not inside a stadium, but in the city itself. This is the defining characteristic of Paris 2024. The Games will be held in various locations in the city such as at the base of the Eiffel Tower, on the famous Champs-Élysées, at the Grand Palais, and at the Versailles Palace. These well-known landmarks will all be honored during the Games. From the opening ceremony, it will be clear to the people that these Games will be unlike any other.

#HTExclusive | In a recent interview with HT’s Faizal Khan, Tony Estanguet discusses the upcoming 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris. Read the full interview>#ParisOlympics2024 #Olympics2024
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The commencement event has sparked debate regarding security and environmental issues. The city has been actively preparing for the festivities by implementing security measures and setting up the required infrastructure, as reported by Inside the Games. Estanguet shared details about the plans in place for the Olympic participants, coaches, and audience.

According to the speaker, the event will last approximately three hours, possibly a bit longer. It will consist of a procession of athletes on 90 boats along the Seine river. The route will cover a distance of six kilometres on the Seine, starting from East to West and ending at the iconic Eiffel Tower. The speaker expressed great anticipation for the event.

As the Games draw near, Paris is demonstrating its ability to successfully plan and execute the Olympic Games. The organizers of Paris have set their sights on creating the most groundbreaking Olympics ever, with focused efforts on incorporating advanced technology ( and promoting sustainability (

It has been a decade since we embarked on this journey. The responsibility of hosting the Olympic Games is undeniably enormous. For France, it has been a monumental undertaking to meet the deadline and showcase our country’s finest festivities to a global audience of billions. Estanguet expressed his pride in the progress made towards implementing innovative ideas for Paris 2024. He mentioned the enormity of the task at hand.

The Olympic flame made its way onto the Red Steps at the Festival de Cannes! 🏅Attendees including Tony Estanguet, Marie-Jose Perec, Thierry Rey, Iliana Rupert, Marie Patouillet, Nelia Barbosa, Alexis Hanquiquant, Christine Caron, Brahim Asloum, Arnaud Assoumani #Cannes2024 were present to witness the historic moment.

During his time in Cannes to supervise the Olympic torch’s arrival, Estanguet revealed the chosen filmmakers for the official movie of the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games. The International Olympic Committee has selected French filmmakers Jules Naudet and Gedeon Naudet for this task.

Estanguet expressed his pride in having the endorsement of the Naudet brothers, who he believes will be the perfect storytellers for the remarkable journey of Paris 2024.

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