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Head of Olympics Confirms Paris Will Be the “Safest Place in the World” During 2024 Games

Published 06/29/2023, 5:45 AM EDT

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The 2024 Paris Olympics have recently been in the news for all the wrong reasons. In the past few weeks, the 2024 Paris Olympics Organizing Committee has come under intense scrutiny from the French police. Authorities raided the offices of the organizing committee last week as part of an ongoing investigation regarding Games related contracts.

Despite ongoing probes into the 2024 Olympics, the head of the organizing committee, Tony Estanguet, remains steadfast in his dedication to delivering an unforgettable sporting spectacle to the world. With just a year to go for the world’s biggest sporting event, Tony Estanguet sat down with the Associated Press to talk about a number of pressing matters surrounding the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Tony Estanguet addresses concerns regarding Paris 2024 Olympics

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Estanguet was the face of Paris’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The former Olympic canoeing champion was still in his office at the Olympic headquarters when police came knocking. The Frenchman admits that his whole staff was rather surprised by the raiding of their headquarters by the French police. However, the Olympic Chief maintains that the corruption and ethical scandal have no weight, but he along with his colleagues will continue to cooperate with the authorities. Estanguet firmly believes that there will surely be more questions to answer as the investigation progress. He is of the opinion that the scrutiny will continue right till the end and maybe even after the Games have concluded.

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A 3x Olympic gold medalist himself, the Frenchman emphasized the committee has a foolproof system in place that will make Paris “the safest place in the world” during the opening ceremony on July 26The chief organizer acknowledges that there is still a lot of unfinished work until they officially declare the games open next year. Estanguet believes it is quite normal that a lot of things are still not completed. France is hosting the Summer Olympics exactly after 100 years. They last hosted the Summer Olympics in 1924. The Olympic chief and his whole office have come under a global spotlight, but the Olympic winner refutes all charges.

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Tony Estanguet stands by his colleagues and rejects all charges. The Frenchman explained the committee is not a one-man show, and it operates through various internal and external checks. He acknowledges they work with a budget of billions, but there are overseers at every step in the form of Olympic organizers and state auditors. No Paris 2024 employee awards contracts alone, the decision is always collective,” he insisted.

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While the Games are already overshadowed by criticism even before their commencement, Tony Estanguet remains adamant in his commitment to transparency and accountability. Estanguet believes sports changed his life, and he wants to showcase to the world that sports will help change his country.

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Vaibhav Singh Bisht

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Vaibhav Singh Bisht is a sports writer for Essentially Sports. He holds a Masters's degree in Mass Communication with a specialization in Advertising and Corporate Communication. Vaibhav has experience working in the Public Relations industry previously.
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Brandon Gabriel