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ARCHIVE - Paris 2008 Olympic Bid

Paris, France (Pop. 10,150,000, 23rd)

Bid Record:  Last bid for 1992.  Hosted the 1900 and 1924 Games

France successfully hosted the 1998 World Cup and will use the infrastructure (new stadium) to their advantage for the bid. It is rumoured that Paris is using this opportunity to 'warm up' for a 2012 bid.  They have proposed to donate any portable and reusable infrastructure to developing countries, after the Games.

Pro: Good backing, infrastructure. Con: Too soon after Athens 2004 in Europe, widespread venue plan, pollution problems.

Conclusion from May 15, 2001 IOC Evaluation Commission Report

"This is a city and NOC bid with strong government support.

The use of existing facilities mainly in the centre of one of the world's most recognised cities presents the Olympic Movement with an attractive option. New facilities and an innovative approach to some temporary facilities enhance the project.

Paris, having chosen a theme of "Games within a City" is faced with a complex urban Olympic Village site. While the Commission is aware that there are several elements of the Village planning to be resolved, it is confident that this would be achieved and that Paris would stage an excellent Games."

Applicant City Evaluation Report Results From August 2000

Bold = Highest City in Category
Italics = Lowest City in Category

General Infrastructure 8.05
Accommodation 10.00
Olympic Village 7.95
Sports Infrastructure 7.85
Transport Infrastructure  8.35

Paris Hopes To Add Another City Light
October 2, 2000

Paris, the city of lights, hopes to add another light in 2008 - the Olympic torch.

Paris is one of the five candidate cities vying to host the 2008 Summer Games.

Paris’ bid promotes a balanced environment within urban areas, since the new venues in Paris are all in an urban and industrial zone around the Stade de France. The city plans to rezone and build an urban environment, which will include efficient and non-polluting transportation.

If Paris wins the 2008 bid, the venues, housing, and transportation systems to be built for the Games will help the French make headway in the environmental challenges of today’s urban areas.

The crown jewel of Paris’ bid is the Stade de France. After it is renovated, track and field events will be held there. The stadium was inaugurated on January 28, 1998 and is located 1.5 km to the north of Paris in the Plaine Saint-Denis area. It was designed to host the 16th World Soccer Cup.

The stadium can accommodate up to 100,000 spectators, and 75,000 fans can be seated for athletic events. It’s situated on a 17-hectare site and has four public parking lots for 5000 cars, two restaurants and large exhibition areas.

The Olympic village will be located in the Plaine Saint-Denis, a large industrial sector between the Paris beltway, a railway network and a canal. The area has an excellent transportation system and has been the focus of in-depth studies and an urban project, which includes the State, the region and neighbouring cities.

There are plans to improve transportation in the area with the extension of the metro, a tramway and the launch of the first phase for the Evangile station on the RER E line.

Swimming events are to be held in two separate venues, a nautical stadium and a nautical centre. The nautical venue will be built on the grounds of a former hospital and will host swimming, synchronized swimming and diving. It will have 15,000 seats, which will be reduced to between 5,000 and 7,000 seats after the Olympics. The nautical centre for men’s and women’s water polo events will have a seating capacity of 5,000, which can be reduced to 2,000 seats.

The nautical stadium will feature a two-metre deep pool for swimming and synchronized swimming, and an adjacent warm-up pool. A five metre deep pool will be built for diving along with a warm-up pool, and a warm-up room. Synchronized swimming, diving and water polo events will each have seating for 5,000 people.

If Paris hosts the Games, sailing and windsurfing events will be held at La Rochelle.

The Palais omnisport de Paris-Bercy, in the south east of Paris, is one of the key assets Paris has in its quest for the Games. Because of the height of the ceiling, it can easily host gymnastics, judo, boxing, trampoline, and table tennis. Seating at the Palais omnisport de Paris Bercy can be configurated according to the event. There are 7,000 seats for cycling, 8,500 for running events, 14,000 for tennis and 17,000 for boxing.

Some of the features of the venue include a fixed seven-metre wide cyclic track with a 250 meter development area, a six-lane track (which can be set up and taken apart) measuring 200 metres, and a central arena with a 90 x 50 metre ellips, including a permanent structure for a 60 x 30 metre rink.

The Parc des Princes soccer stadium is in the south-west of Paris, overlooking the beltway. The stadium is a natural choice for the soccer competition, but it would have to be refurbished if Paris gets the 2008 Games.

According to Paris’ Web site, the collaboration of the City of Paris with the Ile-de-France region, the French Ministry of Youth and Sports and the French Olympic Committee to host the 2008 Summer Games bears testimony to making the city of Paris the place to celebrate Olympic values, and unites Parisians and the French, around the world’s athletes.

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