Canadian Olympic Committee signs MOU with Comité National Olympique et Sportif Français ahead of Paris 2024 Olympic Games

PARIS (May 10, 2022) – On Tuesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Comité National Olympique et Sportif Français (CNOSF) signed a collaboration agreement committing to strengthening the existing friendship and understanding between the two National Olympic Committees (NOCs). 

“The power of the Olympic Movement to unite us in peace, friendship and solidarity is at the core of this agreement and of the relationship our two NOCs share,” said four-time Olympian and COC President Tricia Smith. “The IOC, CNOSF and Paris 2024 Organising Committee are putting together a spectacular Olympic Games. We are excited to join them on the road to Paris 2024 and look forward to our continued collaboration.”

The collaboration focuses on:

  • promoting Olympic values
  • protecting clean and ethical sport
  • developing sport in both countries, including physical education, sport for all and high performance sport
  • promoting the French language within the international sports movement
  • sharing experience and best practices in communication and marketing, legal and institutional matters, and subsequent organization of major international sporting events. 

Smith signed the MOU alongside CNOSF President Brigitte Henriques during the Canadian delegation’s visit to Paris for Global Sports Week. She was joined by the COC’s Chief Sport Officer Eric Myles and Olympic champion and Team Canada’s Paris 2024 Chef de Mission Bruny Surin. 

This is the first official Paris visit for Surin since being named Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games on May 6, 2022. During the visit, the Canadian delegation also visited Paris 2024 Olympic venues and met with delegates from other National Olympic Committees attending Global Sports Week.

“Between the announcement of Bruny and this visit to France, there is a real sense of excitement in the air as we focus our efforts towards the next Olympic Games,” said COC’s Chief Sport Officer Eric Myles. “This agreement will go a long way in helping both our nations prepare for Paris 2024 and beyond while promoting our shared culture and sport development goals.”

Taking place from July 26 to August 11, the Olympic Games Paris 2024 will feature 329 medal events across 32 sports. Paris will become the second city, following London, to host the Olympic Games three times – 1900, 1924 and 2024. Paris 2024 will also be the first fully gender-balanced Olympic Games, with exactly 50 per cent male and female participation. 



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