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JO-2024: an alert report on risks of “significant additional costs”

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – FRANCK FIFE – | The Olympic rings in Paris, 14 September 2017 after the choice of the French capital as the host city of the Olympic Games 2024

An expert report commissioned by the government warns of the risks of “significant additional costs” in the construction of sites for the Olympic Games in Paris-2024, was learned from a source close to the record Wednesday, confirming information from the Parisian .

The document, a “warning note” which must precede a final report, evokes “real risks both of non-realization in time of certain equipment but also significant additional costs”, reveals the daily, what has confirmed the source to AFP.

The aquatic site and the Olympic Village, to be built in Saint-Denis, as well as the Le Bourget area, which is to host the media village and the volleyball, shooting and badminton competitions, are mentioned in this note of the Inspection. General Finance Committee (IGF), the General Inspectorate for Youth and Sports (IGJS) and the General Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development (CGEDD).

In detail, the aquatic site, which must host swimming events, bears the risk of seeing its bill of 130 million euros doubled because of the multiplicity of actors and some elected to make an exceptional site, summarizes the source close to the file. The state inspectors recommend that the project management be no longer entrusted to the Metropolis of Greater Paris, led by Patrick Ollier, but to the Solideo, the public company responsible for overseeing the Olympic construction.

Located in Le Bourget, the volleyball site is considered “unusually expensive” by the alert note.

Finally, the Olympic Village, straddling the towns of Saint-Denis, Ile-Saint-Denis and Saint-Ouen, poses difficulties because of the proximity of an “archeological zone”, but its construction is not not questioned.

The final report must be submitted soon to the ministers concerned, Laura Flessel (Sports) and Gérald Darmanin (Public Accounts). It will be made public.

This report “does not say: + You will exceed the budget +, but + This is what must be done to keep the budget + precisely,” said Laura Flessel in a statement sent to AFP.

“We will engage in dialogue with local elected officials to explore the many solutions available to us,” she said, repeating “the firm commitment” to “meet deadlines and keep budgets “.

The total budget of the Olympic Games must at this stage amount to 6.8 billion euros: 3.8 billion for their organization, funded by the IOC, sponsors and ticketing, as well as 3 billion for the construction of equipment half financed by public actors (state and local authorities) and half by private investors.

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