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Paris 2024 Olympic bid forges ahead after attacks

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PRAGUE (AP) — The deadly attacks in Paris won’t deter the French capital’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris bid, said Friday the group is determined “more than ever” to bring the games to the city in the wake of the coordinated attacks that killed 130 people.

“At the beginning we were really shocked, in mourning like any other citizen,” Estanguet told The Associated Press. “To be honest, at the time you forget about your business and your work and for some days we were not concerned about the bid. We were focusing on the situation in the country.”

But Estanguet said the bid team is now pushing forward with renewed determination to bring the games to Paris for the first time since 1924.

“All the team members had the same feeling … that we have to continue and to work maybe harder than we did in the past,” he said. “We believe in France and internationally we need the projects where people will share good moments, positive moments, and sport is a great vehicle for this kind of emotions.”

Exactly a week after the attacks across Paris, Estanguet was in Prague to attend the general assembly of European Olympic Committees.

A three-time Olympic gold medalist in canoeing, Estanguet said the security issue should not hamper the Paris bid.

“We’re leaving this topic to the authorities,” he said. “And it’s good to see that internationally that there’s a common energy to share a good expertise and make sure that they will resolve this problem.”

Estanguet came to Prague from Lausanne, Switzerland, where he and other Paris officials attended a workshop on the bidding process at International Olympic Committee headquarters.

Bid officials from the four other candidate cities — Los Angeles; Rome; Budapest, Hungary; and Hamburg, Germany — also came to Prague after meetings in Lausanne.

“We realize that so far our project was in a good line,” Estanguet said. “We will continue with the same team spirit and atmosphere. We’re working well for the moment. We don’t have to change anything.”

The IOC will select the host city in September 2017.

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Magic Johnson joins Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid team


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Famer and Olympic champion Magic Johnson has been named vice chair of the group trying to lure the 2024 Olympic Games to Los Angeles.

Johnson, who won five NBA titles with the Lakers, says in a statement that Los Angeles is “the best sports town in America.”

The Los Angeles 2024 committee also said Wednesday that prominent labor leader Maria Elena Durazo would join Johnson as a vice chair of the board.

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans was named a vice chair in September.

The panel says they add expertise in sports, business and labor relations to LA’s Olympic bid.

The International Olympic Committee will select the 2024 host in 2017.

Los Angeles is competing against proposals from Paris, Rome, Hamburg, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary.

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Olympic rings in Hamburg break Guinness World Record

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More than 6,000 people formed Guinness World Record-breaking giant Olympic rings in Hamburg, Germany, on Sunday, ahead of a Nov. 29 public vote on whether the bid should continue.

Guinness World Records declared it “the largest human image of the Olympic rings,” with 6,211 people in the formation. It broke the previous mark of 3,206 people set in Great Britain for the London 2012 Games.

Those opposed to the Hamburg bid laid the word “NO” next to the Olympic rings, but those for the Games formed the letter W to turn the word into “NOW,” according to The Associated Press.

Hamburg, if it goes ahead with the bid, will compete against Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome for the 2024 Olympics. International Olympic Committee members will vote to choose the host city in September 2017.

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