French Olympic athletes honored; Paris 2024 bid in mind

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 24, 2016 10:01 AM
French Olympic athletes honored; Paris 2024 bid in mind
FILE - This Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 file photo shows Teddy Riner carrying the flag of France during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. France’s president hosts the French athletes back from the Olympics of Rio de Janeiro with a total of 42 medals in a ceremony at the Elysee palace Tuesday. Hollande is strongly pushing his country as a potential 2024 Olympics host. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande has called on his country's Olympic champions to stand up for Paris' bid to host the games in 2024.

Hollande hosted France's Olympic athletes, who returned from the Rio de Janeiro Games with a total of 42 medals, in a ceremony in the garden of the Elysee palace Tuesday.

The French capital is competing with Rome, Los Angeles and the Hungarian capital Budapest for the 2024 Olympics.

Tony Estanguet, co-chairman of the Paris 2024 bid committee, told reporters "we are convinced that this country is able to organize the games, because it does have this Olympic culture and some great champions... so that's our next goal".

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