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Paris 2024 will fly “the biggest flag of all time” from the Eiffel Tower

TOKYO – The organizing committee of the Paris 2024 Olympics will attempt a world record on Sunday by deploying from the Eiffel Tower and displaying what it hopes will be the largest flag ever displayed, as part of the transfer of the Tokyo Olympics to the French capital.

The traditional handover of the Olympic flag takes place during the closing ceremony of the Games when it is handed over to the mayor of the next host city.

When Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo receives the flag with the Olympic rings from IOC President Thomas Bach during the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Games on Sunday, another flag will be raised from the city’s most recognizable landmark. the French capital.

“We have waited another year for this moment (after the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games due to the pandemic),” Paris Games chief Tony Estanguet said at a press conference on Friday.

“The excitement is very high. We want to start with a world record. It’s the biggest flag ever raised,” he said.

“It’s a bit the equivalent of a football field. So it’s true that it will be big. It will be the first world record of Paris 2024 since it would be the biggest flag ever hoisted.”

“We are lucky to have ‘the most beautiful flag bearer in the world’ with the Eiffel Tower. Our challenge is therefore to be able to hoist this flag, and make this flag fly in Paris on the Eiffel Tower.”

He did not specify whether it will be the flag of France, that of the Olympic rings or that with the logo of the 2024 Games. “Suspense”, he said.

Paris, which will host the Games exactly 100 years after hosting the last Olympics in 1924, will also organize a tour of the country for the Olympic flag it receives in Tokyo to start stoking enthusiasm for the first Olympics in Tokyo. European summers since London 2012. .

“The Olympic flag will tour France,” Hidalgo said. “It symbolizes the Olympic values ​​and we want to share them.”

“It arrives in Paris and it will not be stored out of sight of the citizens to whom it belongs,” she said.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann) ((karolos.grohmann@thomsonreuters.com; +491743343192;))