International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach is not concerned about security at the 2024 Games in Paris as he insisted that all organizers are aware of the sensitive issue.
“Security is always a top priority. Who can tell you now what security situation there will be in seven years – nobody,” Bach told a news conference at the IOC Session in Lima after Paris was elected to host the 2024 Games and Los Angeles 2028.
The French capital has seen several attacks in recent years, most notably the attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and the November 2015 attacks in which 130 people died and the 2024 Olympic Stadium – the Stade de France – was one target.
France has stepped up security considerably and no incidents occurred during last year’s hosting of the Euro 2016 football tournament in the country.
“It is important that organizing committees and governments are aware of the challenges,” Bach said.
“It would be a victory for terrorists if we had no more Olympics. We are united as we stand for our values, for diversity, respect, tolerance. We are not ready to give in to terrorism.”