July 7, 2022

Reception of delegations and development of sport: Caen wants to make the Olympic Games a “lever”

Caen hopes that its nautical stadium will catch the eye of a national delegation to prepare for the Olympic Games. (© Liberty the Free Bonhomme)

The City of Caen does not want to be a mere spectator of the 2024 Olympic Games! “We are determined to present, at the start of 2022, an action plan around the Olympic Games with two objectives: to attract delegations that will come to prepare for Paris 2024 and to use the biggest world event to bring physical activity into the daily lives of people, ”explains Aristide Olivier, deputy mayor in charge of sports.

Sites labeled for the preparation of the Olympic Games

A little over a year ago, seven sites in Caen were labeled Preparation Centers for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The Hélitas stadium, the nautical stadium, the rowing base, the current Palais des Sports and the one in come and the Halle Saint-Jean-Eudes are all facilities suitable for hosting federations wishing to prepare for the Olympic Games in Normandy.

Convince and seduce

Since this official recognition, which took place in October 2020, Caen must convince foreign delegations to choose it. A promotional video was posted on networks earlier this week. “We are fine-tuning our tools to create envy. We must ensure that the gift wrap is beautiful ”, beyond the technical sheets sent to interested parties among the 206 National Olympic Committees and the 182 National Paralympic Committees.

We received a delegation a few weeks ago to present our equipment. These are potentially 40 swimmers who would come to train with us. I am optimistic that this track can materialize positively.

Aristide OlivierDeputy Mayor of Caen in charge of sports

Among the strengths of Caen, 2h30 from Paris, is “the unity of places of practice”. “It is a differentiating element with other competing cities. For example, we are lucky to have the Hélitas stadium and the swimming pool close to the city center. “No timetable has been established with this in mind to be the backbone of the Games, but” everything will be stalled in 2022 “.

“A sports territory”

In addition to hosting preparation courses, Caen therefore aspires to “use the Olympic Games as a lever” to further enhance the sporting practice of its citizens. Paris 2024 must “irrigate the Caen region, which is already a sports area”, argues Aristide Olivier. Labeled Terre de Jeux 2024 in the same way as the Calvados department, Caen is doing everything possible to be an actor in the big party that is being prepared.

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