By Le Figaro with AFP
Traveling to French Polynesia with Gérald Darmanin and Philippe Vigier, the minister took stock with the Polynesian government.
The Minister of Sports and the Olympic Games, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, traveling to Tahitiwelcomed Thursday the progress of the development of the Teahupoo site, which will host the surfing events of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games next July.
Traveling to French Polynesia with the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, and the Minister Delegate for Overseas Territories, Philippe Vigier, she took stock of the situation with the Polynesian government and the state authorities and announced a participation of Paris to the investments necessary for the development of the site. “Work is progressing well on the three celebration areas that will allow the population to see this event up close“, she explained on the spot, facing the wave of the Havae p, in Teahupoo, peninsula of Tahiti, where the finals of the Tahiti Pro were played, the last stage of the professional surfing circuit. “We are vigilant that there is a minimization of the ecological impact of these Games“said the minister.
“Not a small investment”
Noting that this region of the globe was the “cradle of surfing“, she was pleased that the Paris-2024 Games are “the most decentralized games in historyof the Olympic movement. Regarding the development work on the site, more than 15,000 km from Paris, where the Olympic events will take place from July 27 to 30, 2024, she announced that the judges’ tower would be replaced by a new aluminum structure. “It is not a small investment since we are at 2.7 million euros for the construction of the tower“, specified at his side Philippe Vigier, the new Minister Delegate for Overseas Territories. “The State will be there since we decided yesterday (Wednesday) to come with 628,000 euros to finance the project“, he added.
On the security aspect, one of the central subjects of concern for the overall organization of the Games, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, pointed out for his part that 600 police and gendarmes would be mobilized during the ten days of the Games. in Tahiti. “There will be a special welcome at the airport so that all those who want to come to Polynesia can do so in excellent conditions.“, he detailed. “We must also protect the athletes and ensure maritime and drone coverage. We must fight against malicious drones which are a new threat.»