IOC Evaluation Commission head calls Paris bid exceptional, detailed

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Sunday will be spent holding interviews between the commission and the bid team, led by co-presidents Tony Estanguet and Bernard Lapasset, before a dinner at one of the top Parisian landmarks, the Petit Palais.

The IOC has four vice presidents looking into the prospect of awarding the 2024 and 2028 Games at the same time in September, when the winning bidder for 2024 is to be announced. The race began with five cities, but Rome, Hamburg, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary, all pulled out.

"We have one goal during these few days: to convince you that Paris is the right city, with the right vision, at the right moment", Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said. The legacy of past Games is still visible around the city, especially with the Olympic cauldron from the 1932 edition burning atop Memorial Coliseum.

Trump's executive order to temporarily ban travel from six Muslim-majority countries, which is now being reviewed in the courts, could prove problematic with the diverse membership of the International Olympic Committee when they vote later this year. "The right city with world-class venues and accommodation, and the best public transport in the world, ready right now". "I think the International Olympic Committee was very happy to hear that", he said.

"We have had a very long day with the bid committee", Commission Chair Patrick Baumann said Sunday evening.

However, Baumann said, "I'm concentrating on 2024". "2024-2028 is not a matter of discussion".

Paris is also betting on the compactness of its plans to make the difference. The new president has already thrown his weight behind Paris' bid, telling IOC President Thomas Bach over the phone of its "expected benefits for all French people".

To counter, in his opening remarks Estanguet referenced similar 88 per cent support across Paris, but constrained to a narrow demographic of 15 to 24-year-old youth and commissioned by the bid.

Both bids have insisted they are interested only in the 2024 Games but Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has refused to shut the door on taking on the 2028 Olympics should Paris come out on top for 2024.

Paris unveiled another high-profile supporter in former France soccer great and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.

"The people, the city and the whole of France are fully supportive of our bid which offers a Games of real passion and objective for 2024".

Patrick Baumann, chairman of the IOC's Evaluation Commission, said at the end of a three-day visit that delegates had been impressed by what they had found in an "incredible Olympic city".

Baumann said the readiness of so many venues-as well as plans to use the campus of UCLA as the athletes' village-left a good impression on the International Olympic Committee team. "It's hard to give them less than 10 out of 10".