The Coliseum would once again host athletics, the premier event of the games, and United States track and field star Allyson Felix was on hand to greet delegates for Thursday's site visit.
"[Paris 2024] showed extraordinary enthusiasm". "The IOC demanded to know our plans", he said.
He said "one out of two children [in France] can't swim by the age of 11". After bidding for the 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles might have to wait. "We are happy that the president elect took this initiative before officially taking power", Paris 2024 bid leader Tony Estanguet said in a statement. If Paris is awarded the 2024 Games, the infrastructure budget is expected to total 3 billion euros, with operational costs of 3.2 billion euros.
Los Angeles and Paris are the only two bidders left for the 2024 Games, which will be awarded in September at a meeting of Olympic leaders in Peru.
At those same meetings at IOC headquarters the IOC evaluation commission will brief the IOC on Los Angeles and Paris' bids for the 2024 Games.
"With financial and political stability and support, we are ready right now", Hidalgo said. "We've been very impressed by their expertise".
"The celebration will be memorable and I think it will be one of the main assets of 2024".
Paris and LA are the only remaining cities in the race to secure the 2024 Games, after a number of withdrawals from the process, including Boston, Hamburg, Rome and, most recently, Budapest.
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International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission Chair Patrick Baumann speaks during a news conference at Staples Center, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.
"Both are extraordinary cities with their own history and many different aspects", Baumann said. "From this point, it's nearly impossible to lower the score by 10 out of 10", he added. "Because there's going to be important lessons that we can pass on and vice versa for Paris".
"What we have heard today is a very exceptional presentation, a very detailed presentation".
The week reinforced the game-changing potential of an Olympic Village on the UCLA campus or at least its potential to cancel out the perceived advantage the Paris bid has in terms of transportation. It says Macron "warmly reaffirmed" his support for Paris' bid.
We are going to share our vision based on three components: "passion, objective and engagement", said Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris bid committee and three-time Olympic champion.
The Evaluation Commission delegation is scheduled to visit some proposed venues or iconic backdrops for the 2024 Games, including the Eiffel Tower, Roland Garros and the Stade de France, next Monday.
During Sunday's opening presentation, Paris officials will highlight the virtues of a project which, from its inception, has focused on legacy.
The backing for Paris comes quickly in the wake of the French capital being confirmed as the host city for the 2020 European Athletics Championships by the European Athletics Council earlier last month.