International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said on Monday that the deadly attacks on Paris will not hurt the French capital's chances of hosting the 2024 Summer Games.
On the evening of 13 November 2015, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks consisting of mass shootings, suicide bombings, and hostage-taking—occurred in Paris, France, and Saint-Denis, one of its northern suburbs. Beginning at 21:20 CET, there were three separate suicide bombings outside the Stade de France and, nearer central Paris, there were mass shootings and a suicide bombing at four different locations which led to the death of 129 victims and over 400 seriously injured.
The host city of the 2024 Games will be chosen in 2017 through voting but the IOC President believes the atrocity that struck Paris, announced as one of five candidate cities in September, will have no bearing on the outcome of the IOC vote.
"We are talking about the Olympic Games that will be held in nine years and terrorism is global, it is not just about a country or a city," Bach told French sports daily L'Equipe.
when asked whether Friday's attacks could influence the September 2017 vote that will be held in Peru , Bach replied: "No, the IOC members have a lot of experience... they know that nobody knows how the world will be in nine years and they know that terrorism is not a French or a Parisian problem, that it is a global challenge.
"It does not only concern sports but all the big events and the whole society. You cannot concede victory to the terrorists. We must be united and firm, especially with the Olympic Games."
In 1972, 11 members of the Israel Olympic team and a German police officer were killed by Palestinian group Black September at the Munich Olympics.
At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, one person was killed and another died of a heart attack after a pipe bomb that injured more than 100 others was detonated at the Centennial Olympic Park.