Paris attacks will not impact 2024 Olympic bid


IOC president Thomas Bach has rejected suggestions the Paris terror attacks could impact the city's bid for the 2024 Olympic Games.

A series of attacks across the French capital on Friday left 129 people dead and 99 more critically injured, according to the latest figures from officials.

The Stade de France was among the places targeted while it hosted a football friendly between France and Germany, with three suicide bombers detonating explosive belts in the vicinity of the Saint-Denis venue, killing one other victim.

Asked on programme Stade 2 on television network France 2 if the attacks would have an impact on France's perceived capability to host the Games, Bach said: "No, the IOC members have a lot of experience.

"They know that nobody knows how the world will be in nine years and they know that terrorism is not a French or a Parisian problem, that it is a global challenge.

"We are talking about the Olympic Games that will be held in nine years and terrorism is global, it is not just about a country or a city

"It does not only concern sports but all the big events and the whole society. You cannot concede victory to the terrorists. We must be united and firm, especially with the Olympic Games."

Paris' bid for the 2024 Games is rivalled by those from Rome, Hamburg, Budapest and Los Angeles. A decision on the host will be made in September 2017.

Talk of Euro 2016, scheduled to be held in June and July in France next year, being cancelled has been dismissed by Jacques Lambert, chairman of the tournament's organising committee.