Olympic officials on opening ceremony plans as Paris marks 100 days until Games

(17 Apr 2024)
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Paris – 17 April 2024
1. Wide of banner on stage reading: "J-100 (“100 Days To Go” Olympic event)"
2. Wide of hosts onstage for evening event, Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet (second-right), Head of French National Olympic Committee David Lappartient (third-left) and French Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera (centre-right), among others
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tony Estanguet, Paris 2024 President:
“The message of the French President Emmanuel Macron was very strong. He explained again that we have a very ambition – a very strong ambition with Paris 2024 to deliver this unique project of an opening ceremony on the river Seine in Paris centre. And of course we are preparing all the details of the delivery of this event with contingency plan to adapt to any context that could happen in France at this moment, but definitely he was very strong and clear that the project we want to deliver is the opening ceremony on the River Seine.”
4. Estanguet speaking to journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tony Estanguet, Paris 2024 President:
"And of course, we are also ready to answer any situation we may face, but we will not comment too much in details, all those contingencies plans. We have contingencies for all the competitions, for all the ceremonies. It’s our duty. It’s our role to make sure that it will happen. It will be successful."
6. Various of Paris 2024 Olympic medals
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tony Estanguet, Paris 2024 President:
(Responding to question on perceived lack of diversity at Olympic torch ceremony)
"It was my first time in Olympia. I was moved by this, moment of, tradition where everything began, 2,800 years ago. And, and definitely for me, it was a very strong moment. I wasn’t involved in the organising of this moment. And definitely I don’t want to comment on what happened. It was part of the tradition and I respect the tradition. It’s also very important, but definitely I can confirm that, for Paris, we will be very involved and engaged in the diversity. It will be the first games ever, gender equal, in the history. And definitely, we are also very involved in this gender equality."
8. Estanguet and Oudea-Castera on stage
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Tony Estanguet, Paris 2024 President:
"So definitely this is the final stretch. We have so many things to solve still. The details and the athletes, they are still working very hard to make sure that they will be ready on the D-day. It’s the same for us. So, yeah, we can be confident."
10. Lappartient talking to journalists
11. SOUNDBITE (English) David Lappartient, President of French National Olympic Committee:
"The situation worldwide is quite complicated with the war in Ukraine, with the situation in Gaza, Israel and Iran, with terrorist attack, we can see that everywhere in the world. So of course, it’s normal that the government is trying to see all the options on the table. But the clear option is to have the opening ceremony on the Seine River. I’m sure it will be a great success."
12. Oudea-Castera being interviewed by journalists
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Amelie Oudea-Castera, French Sports Minister:
(Responding to question about the evacuation of migrant encampment outside of Paris on Wednesday morning)
14. Various of French Olympic athletes showing what they’ll be wearing for opening ceremony
15. Various of rally
STORYLINE:
Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet and French Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera hosted an event in the French capital on Wednesday marking 100 days until the opening of the 2024 Olympic Games.

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