Under-fire Estanguet: Paris 2024 will be transparent about top salaries
Tony Estanguet, president of Paris 2024, the organising committee for the Olympic Games in that year, has promised transparency over the salaries to be paid to the committee’s senior officials.
Last month, the organising committee was forced to deny a report from Le Canard Enchaîné, the French satirical and political news weekly, that the French International Olympic Committee member will receive an annual salary of €450,000 ($533,185).
Estanguet told AFP: “We want to keep the idea of a pay committee which sets out a salary structure... This was in place during the candidacy phase, it will be the case for the Cojo [organising committee].
“We want to be transparent and there will be a pay committee.”
Estanguet was speaking as a delegation from the International Olympic Committee, led by Belgium's Pierre-Olivier Beckers, who will lead the IOC’s co-ordination commission for the games, was due to visit Paris today and tomorrow. Estanguet said that the delegation “will present its vision of our cooperation, its expectations, challenges and objectives.”
Estanguet also backed Etienne Thobois, who is one of the candidates to become director general of the organising committee, having occupied the same role in the bid committee.
After Paris 2024 announced that it had asked an executive search firm to help it to fill the position, confounding those who expected it to be handed to Thobois automatically, Estanguet said: “He has my confidence, he has the skills to be the Cojo chief executive.”
In September, Estanguet, who chaired Paris’ bid to host the games, was forced to defend the bid team’s expenditure at the International Olympic Committee session in Lima earlier that month, following criticism that it was not required on the basis that the event in the Peruvian capital was effectively a rubber-stamping exercise.
The Paris and Los Angeles delegations that headed to Lima on 13 September already knew that they had all but been guaranteed the 2024 and 2028 Olympics, respectively, following the IOC’s decision in July to pursue a dual award.
The news that Paris 2024 had spent €1.5 million ($1.8 million) on the session, provoked a backlash in an article in Mediapart, the investigative news website, which criticised it as a waste of taxpayers' money.