IOC pledge 500,000 euros to ensure Notre Dame ready for Olympics | Sunday Observer

IOC pledge 500,000 euros to ensure Notre Dame ready for Olympics

This picture taken on April 18, 2019 in Paris, shows Notre Dame cathedral during a ceremony. - France paid a daylong tribute on April 18, 2019 to the Paris firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral from collapse, while construction workers rushed to secure an area above one of the church’s famed rose-shaped windows (AFP)
This picture taken on April 18, 2019 in Paris, shows Notre Dame cathedral during a ceremony. - France paid a daylong tribute on April 18, 2019 to the Paris firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral from collapse, while construction workers rushed to secure an area above one of the church’s famed rose-shaped windows (AFP)

PARIS AFP: The International Olympic Committee on Thursday pledged 500,000 euros $562,0000 to help ensure Notre Dame is restored in time for the 2024 Paris Games.

“The aim of completing the reconstruction in time for Paris 2024 will be an extra motivation for all of us,” IOC president Thomas Bach told 2024 Games chief Thomas Estanguet in a letter.

“All the Olympic movement and in particular the IOC have been extremely touched by the instantaneous connection the French have made between Notre Dame cathedral and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games,” he wrote.

Estanguet said the Olympic family “wanted to show its solidarity with Parisians and all French people”.

The IOC’s contribution joins donations totalling 850 million euros made since the landmark was gutted by fire on Monday evening.

Notre Dame figures on the route for the 2024 Olympic marathon and on the road cycling circuit.

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