Mayor Hidalgo: “We have the same ambition for the Olympics and Paralympics in 2024”

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has received the Paralympic flag from mayor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike at the Closing Ceremony of 2020 Games yesterday.

For that occasion, she stated: “We have the same ambition for the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games in 2024. These Games are a great opportunity to advance our society and make disability and accessibility issues more visible. For our city, they also play a role of an unrivalled accelerator in the implementation of our public policies to improve the daily lives of Parisians. To better adapt our city to climate change and make it more accessible.”

Paris 2024 President and a triple Olympic gold medallist in canoeing Tony Estanguet said: “This handover ceremony reflects our ambition for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. That of showing that performance belongs to all those who commit to what they do, handicap or not. These artists, like athletes, go after themselves and give us unique emotions. It’s a foretaste of what awaits us in 2024. We wanted to allow the French to participate in this ceremony in order to show them that it will be their Games.”

An artistic segment was part of the handover to Paris 2024 at the Tokyo 2020 Closing Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium.

 

Photo credit: ┬ęParis 2024