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Paris 2024 Olympic Games: Tony Estanguet puts all his energy "into finding a solution" for surfing in Tahiti

2023-12-07T18:49:07.003Z

Highlights: The new judges' tower, built for the Games to replace the wooden tower previously used for World Cup events, continues to stir controversy. "We've anticipated things enough to still have a little time to find a technical solution," says Tony Estanguet, head of the organising committee. "I have every confidence in the Polynesian government, in the company on site, to find solutions," he adds. Paris 2024 also promised to involve environmental activists in the event of a change of venue.


There is no question of leaving Tahiti without trying to find a solution to organize the surfing events of the Paris Olympics. The head of the committee


Finding a solution in Tahiti before, possibly, considering a fallback site... While Paris 2024 is facing a challenge that could call into question the holding of the surfing events on the Teahupoo site, Tony Estanguet, head of the organising committee, is keen to give his support to the Polynesian government.

"As a partner of the Polynesian government, I want to put all my energy into supporting them, in order to find the best solutions to organize the surfing events in Tahiti, as we collectively wished," said Tony Estanguet. When there are difficulties, we stick together. »

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The new judges' tower, built for the Games to replace the wooden tower previously used for World Cup events, which had been deemed too dilapidated and too dangerous, continues to stir controversy. 3 weeks ago, Paris 2024 thought it had calmed the situation by proposing to reduce the size and weight of the new tower, in order to limit the drilling of the foundations and reduce environmental pollution. Paris 2024 also promised to involve environmental activists.

"We've anticipated things enough to still have a little time"

The problem is that last week, the test, organized to provide all the guarantees, turned into a fiasco, when the barge ran aground on the reef, damaging a piece of coral and destroying all the dialogue of the last few weeks. The associations have thus taken up the challenge, and it is now up to the Polynesian president to establish a new dialogue in order to try to provide a new solution and convince the associations. An exchange is planned on site on Sunday.

"We've anticipated things enough to still have a little time ahead of us - even if we have less and less - to be able to adapt the project," says Tony Estanguet. We have already adapted it a lot in recent months, we still have a little time to find a technical solution, which will allow us to build this tower, while respecting the environment. That's the priority. I have every confidence in the Polynesian government, in the company on site, to find solutions so that this barge can access the site without damaging the corals and can carry out work in the best conditions. »

While Lacanau, Hossegor, Biarritz and La Torche, unfortunate candidates for the organisation of the surfing events, have expressed their interest in the event of Tahiti abandoning the race, Paris 2024, like the Minister of Sports and Games, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, refuses for the moment to talk about a plan B. "We have to give a chance to a solution (in Tahiti), there is real expertise on the ground, Paris 2024 is in support. »

Source: leparis

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