Versailles rubber-stamped for equestrianism at 2024 Olympics
The equestrian events at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will take place at Versailles, all stakeholders have agreed.
Paris 2024 promised to use as many of the city's landmarks as possible during the bid phase for the Olympics, and has now signed off a deal with the FEI, equestrian's governing body, and the FFE, the French Equestian Federation, to guarantee Versailles' use.
Tony Estanguet, president of Paris 2024, said: “It’s a venue choice that symbolises everything we want these games to offer: incredible events, where sport takes place at the heart of iconic cultural locations, to help share the passion and values of sport and Olympism like never before.”
FEI president Ingmar De Vos called the Château de Versailles “a jewel of the Paris 2024 concept” that “offers an exceptional opportunity to showcase the best of equestrian sport in a globally iconic setting, while also guaranteeing a unique experience for our athletes and spectators.”
Of the seven disciplines governed by the FEI, dressage, eventing and jumping are part of the Olympic Games programme.