In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris this past Friday the 13th, two major sporting events, the Euro 2016 and the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, have announced that their events will not be negatively affected by these horrific events.
The UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) has announced the Euro 2016 will still be held in France. Euro 2016 president Jacques Lambert said the tournament will continue as planned, saying that to cancel the quadrennial event would “play into the hands of terrorists.”
Some of the suicide bombers detonated devices outside the Stade de France, the stadium where the French national football (soccer) team was playing a friendly match against Germany. The stadium is scheduled to play host for the final game of the European Championship on July 10 and the Parc des Princes, which is also located in Paris, is due to host matches during the tournament.
The Stade de France has also been reserved as the centerpiece of the Paris bid to play host city to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, has also said that the Parisian bid to host the Games will not be affected by the terrorist attacks nor would they create a negative influence on IOC members when they’re due to cast the final vote on the 2024 host city bids at the Session in Lima, Peru in September 2017.
In an interview on the Stade 2 programe on the French television network France 2, Bach said that “They [the terrorists] 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.”
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