The rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games scheduled for Monday is postponed

The rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games scheduled for Monday is postponed
The rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games scheduled for Monday is postponed

This was to be the dress rehearsal after the two technical tests organized on July 17, 2023 and June 17: the 85 boats which will transport the delegations, to which are added nine emergency boats, were expected to descend the Seine between the Austerlitz bridges and from Jena on Monday morning. Yes, but the unpredictable weather and heavy rains of the last few weeks, and again this Friday, have decided otherwise. Monday’s rehearsal has been postponed to an unspecified date by the organizers. The river level is so high that 17 of the 94 boats in the parade cannot navigate because they do not pass under the bridges.

« For the test scheduled for June 24, the rainy episodes of recent days and the weather forecasts for the weekend are likely to bias its lessons. Paris 2024, in conjunction with the PRIF, has therefore decided to postpone the test to a later date », We explain to the prefecture of Paris and Île-de-France. “ As part of carrying out navigation tests on the Seine, Paris 2024 is looking for the statistical conditions of flow and water height closest to the statistical conditions for the months of July/August, in order to draw the most relevant lessons. relevant. The conditions were thus met during the test carried out last Monday, June 17 », Continues the PRIF.

Organizers satisfied with last Monday’s test

During this rehearsal, the organizers were pleased with the good timing. The boats managed to sail from the Pont d’Austerlitz to the Pont d’Iena in 45 minutes. within a minute or two », Explained Marc Guillaume, prefect of Paris and the Île-de-France region. A very satisfactory result for all the organizers since during the first test last summer, the fleet was up to twenty minutes late. “ There is a regulating zodiac every six boats to ensure the pace », continues the prefect, emphasizing that they are all connected to the PC which coordinates operations and which was at the Austerlitz Bridge last Monday.

Earlier in the morning, the regional prefecture and the city of Paris made public the water quality readings of the Seine from June 10 to 16. The results are not good, notably with a level of concentration of fecal E.Coli bacteria which far exceeds 1,000 colony forming units (CFU)/100 ml, the bar set by the International Triathlon and Open Water Swimming Federations. , to organize a test. Paris 2024 was not showing itself “ not worried » because the committee “ expected these results given the weather “. He emphasizes that, for the triathlon events (July 30 and 31, August 5), marathon swimming (August 8 and 9) and para-triathlon (September 1 and 2), the calendar provides for two contingency days.

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