FILE PHOTO: A girl, carrying a masks, rides her bicycle close to the Eiffel tower at Trocadero sq. in Paris in the course of the nationwide curfew, from 7 p.m to six a.m, as a result of tighter measures in opposition to the unfold of coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in France, April 26, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photograph
June 9, 2021
(Reuters) – A large Paris 2024 flag was unfurled on the prime of the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday because the French capital stepped up its preparations for the handover ceremony on the finish of the Tokyo Olympics.
The official handover of the Olympic flag will probably be one of many highlights of the Video games’ closing ceremony, which can happen at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium on Aug. 8.
To rejoice the Olympics again in France, Paris 2024 organisers will open an open house providing sports activities and festive actions on the Trocadero Gardens all through the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Video games.
The massive-scale check performed on Tuesday on the Eiffel Tower provided an early style of issues to count on from the handover ceremony.
“Lower than 50 days earlier than the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Video games, we’re considering of our Japanese counterparts and looking out ahead to the beginning of the Video games, which we’ve all missed a lot,” Paris 2024 president Tony Estanguet stated.
“Identical to the Olympic and Paralympic athletes, Paris 2024 can also be preparing for Tokyo.
“In the present day was only a check, however we’re sending an invite to the French public and the entire world to affix us on August eighth for the primary Paris 2024 ceremony.”
The Tokyo 2020 Video games, which have been postponed by a yr as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, are scheduled to start July 23.
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Modifying by Toby Davis)