— Published 2 June 2021

A plan B for the media village

Paris 2024

Will the media village for the Paris 2024 Games see daylight? That’s not sure. Tony Estanguet, the president of the organising committee, admitted on Tuesday, June 1st, at the end of a virtual meeting of the IOC coordination commission that the project was now conditional. The work has been suspended, pending a court decision on the petition filed by opponents of the project, most of them being organisations from Seine-Saint-Denis. At this stage, SOLIDEO and the COJO have no other option than to wait for the judge’s verdict, which is expected by the end of June. But Tony Estanguet explained: “In the event that the judge renders a decision that is not favourable to us, the project will be thought differently, but not within a timeline compatible with the 2024 Games.” In other words, the idea of building a housing complex in Le Bourget would not be completely abandoned, but it would no longer concern the Olympic and Paralympic event. The OCOG would not propose a village for the media anymore. It would turn to a less ambitious option, a catalogue of official hotels for journalists, as it is done for the Tokyo Games. According to Tony Estanguet, about 45,000 hotel rooms have already been booked by the OCOG, at a price level comparable to the one of a media village.