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2024 Olympics ceremony on the Seine: For Guy Drut, "we went much too fast"


The former Minister of Sports assumes to ask the questions that “angry” two years before the Paris Olympics.

Two years before the opening of the Paris Olympic Games (July 26, 2024), the ambitious opening ceremony planned on the Seine raises questions in terms of organization and security, especially after the serious incidents at the Stade de France. .

While the boss of the event Tony Estanguet explains in Le Journal du Dimanche that you have to "

keep your cool

" and that the Cojop has not planned a plan B for this ceremony, Guy Drut expresses his astonishment .


I did not take part in the vote on the opening ceremony, because we went much too quickly

," said the former Minister of Sports.

In principle, I am far from being against - the idea is excellent.

But on the production, we favored the announcement effect, and that bothers me.

Why is there no plan B?

We can have the same ceremony, followed by more people, at the Champ-de-Mars, which is easier to secure.

There are too many uncertainties.

The Olympics is a competition between athletes, not between organizing committees.

Given the current conditions, we can forget the superfluous.


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While ensuring that he does not want to play "

the embittered type

", the member of the International Olympic Committee since 1996 assumes to ask the questions which "




I participated in the adventure - I was even part of our success - I would like it to be good until the end

", explains the former athlete according to whom "

you shouldn't get into the habit of whatever the cost.

It is not up to the French to pay for any deficit through their taxes.

I would find it hard to bear that we did not respect the specifications of the start.

Like everyone else, I hope that the Games will be a success, but not with too great a deficit, otherwise it will prove Luc Ferry [former Minister of Youth, National Education and Research] right: people will say that the Games are nice, but they cost too much money.


Source: lefigaro

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