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Green light for revised Paris 2024 Olympics venue plan

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved a new venue concept for the Paris 2024 Olympics, amid concerns about rising costs for infrastructure needed to deliver the Games.

The IOC says the revamped plan “will limit the risk of potential budget overruns”.

An initial draft for the plan was drawn up in June after financial inspectors for the French Government warned of a potential overspend of $500M (£440.8M) on infrastructure for the Games.

Changes include a new plan for the Olympics Aquatics Centre so that most aquatics events take place in one single site at Plaine Saulnier in Saint-Denis. The aquatics centre is set to be the only venue purpose-built for Paris 2024.

Badminton events will no longer be held at a temporary venue at Le Bourget and will instead be held at a 7,500-seat arena that, even without the Olympics, would still have been built as a new home for basketball, handball and volleyball clubs in Paris.

Volleyball will be held at a 12,000-capacity facility at Le Bourget while basketball will now be held at Paris Arena 1.

Speaking of the new plan, the chair of the IOC’s coordination commission for Paris 2024 Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant said: “The outcome is a better master plan, which avoids any unnecessary permanent construction and delivers a new iconic venue to the Games.

“I am particularly pleased that a solution has been found to leave an increased swimming legacy to the Seine Saint-Denis region, where half of all children leaving primary school are unable to swim.”

The Paris Olympic Games new sport and venue plan is due to be finalised in 2021.

The new plan comes after earlier proposals were submitted for a “vegetated stadium”, located at the edge of a forest at Clamart in south west Paris. 

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