Etienne Thobois has been named as the chief executive of the organising committee for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, France.
Thobois, who is a former French badminton champion and Olympic athlete, was chief executive of the Paris 2024 bid, and has been chosen to serve in the same role for the organising committee following the conclusion of a recruitment process which began in November.
The decision was made by three-time Olympic champion Tony Estanguet, who successfully led the Paris 2024 bid and is now president of the event’s organising committee. The 39-year-old held discussions with members of a committee which included French International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Guy Drut and representatives from the city, the government and France’s National Olympic and Paralympic Committees.
Thobois was chosen from a shortlist of four candidates who were selected for interview from a pool of 61 applicants. The 50-year-old has previously served as the finance director for the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris and chief executive of the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, and is also the founder of the Keneo sports consultancy firm.
“We are delighted with the appointment of Etienne Thobois to the role of chief executive,” said Estanguet. “Etienne stood out amongst a field of very high-calibre applicants. His leadership and experience was crucial to our victory in Lima and will prove invaluable over the next seven years as we work together to build our exciting project for the 2024 Games.”
The French capital was awarded the 30th edition of the Games in September, when the IOC also confirmed that Los Angeles, USA will host the 2028 event.