During a press conference, Wednesday, January 25, at the headquarters of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games Organizing Committee, Tony Estanguet gave a progress report on the progress of the organization of the event, as well as on the situation of the ticket office, open since December 1st. While the Court of Auditors recently pointed to delays in the signing of contracts, the president of the Cojo wanted to reassure.
“Sometimes it can take a little time to agree,” explained Tony Estanguet. “There is no urgency, we are on time,” he assured. In a report submitted in January, and presented to Parliament, the Court of Auditors had reported delays in the signing of contracts by the Cojo, evoking “an operational risk and a financial risk”.
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“We ‘challenged’ the model on a case-by-case basis,” said Estanguet. “To date, 90% of these perimeters are already secure,” he added, anxious to “reassure” after the report of the Court of Auditors.
In his priorities, he pointed in number one to “the dimension of resources” both “human” and “financial” while the objective of partnership resources was raised in December to 1.226 billion euros. The Cojo expects to have achieved 92% of this objective by the end of 2023. On this subject, while a major sponsor is still missing, which could be LVMH, “we are very calm”, assured Tony Estanguet.
On the ticket office, “we have exceeded 2.5 million registrants” in the draw for the first phase of ticketing, which leads to the allocation of future purchase slots. On this first phase of sales by pack, three million tickets will be put on sale. Another sales session will take place in May for single tickets.
The Cojo will set up a partnership with the Secours Populaire where each buyer will be able to put an extra two euros to finance solidarity tickets for families who cannot afford them. Asked about the use of cameras equipped with algorithms to detect crowd movements, which will be permitted by the Olympic law under discussion in Parliament, Tony Estanguet said he “trusts the State on this subject”.