The Paris 2024 Olympics organising committee is all set to make a record attempt this Sunday when they will unfurl the biggest flag ever flown from the Eiffel tower. This comes as part of the handover of the Olympics from Tokyo to the French Capital.
The traditional handover of the Olympic flag takes place during the closing ceremony of the games, on August 8. On the same day, the huge flag will be seen waving from Eiffel Tower. The flag has been described as the size of a soccer field. “It will be the biggest flag ever flown,” Paris organising committee president Tony Estanguet said.
Before this announcement, a trial flag was flown from the iconic tower in June. “We waited an extra year for this moment (after the Tokyo 2020 Games were postponed due to the pandemic). The excitement is very strong. We want to start with a world record. It’s the biggest flag ever raised, ever,” Paris Games chief Tony Estanguet told at a news conference.
“It’s more or less the equivalent of a football field. So, it’s true that it will be big. It will be the first world record of Paris 2024 since it would be the biggest flag ever raised. We have this luck to have ‘the most beautiful flag bearer in the world’ with the Eiffel Tower. So, our challenge is to be able to raise this flag, and fly this flag in Paris on the Eiffel Tower,” he added.
However, it has not been revealed if it will be the flag of France, the Olympic rings, or one with the 2024 Games logo. “Suspense,” he said.
Paris will be hosting the sporting event exactly 100 years after last organising the Olympics in 1924.