Paris 2024 Olympics: French police raid headquarters as part of embezzlement investigation

By India Today Sports Desk: The headquarters of the Paris 2024 Olympics organising committee were raided by the French police on Tuesday as part of an investigation into alleged charges of embezzlement of public funds and favouritism.

These developments come just over a year from the opening ceremony of the international sporting event. The national financial prosecutor's office (PNF) said the Paris 2024 headquarters were raided amid a preliminary investigation launched in 2017 into contracts made by the Summer Games' organising committee.

According to AFP, raids were carried out at the headquarters of the committee, which is known as Cojo, along with the offices of Solideo, the body in charge of the Olympic construction sites.

Meanwhile, Paris 2024 released a statement which said they are cooperating fully with the investigators during their inquiries.

“A search is currently under way at the headquarters of the Organising Committee. Paris 2024 is cooperating fully with the investigators to facilitate their inquiries,” read the statement.

Paris 2024 did not give any further details. The Olympics will be held from July 26-Aug. 11 with the Paralympic Games taking place from August 28 to September 6.

"We do not have anything else to share at the moment," a spokesperson said.

The raids are the latest drama to affect French sports in the past year. In May, Brigitte Henriques surprised many by resigning as the president of France's National Olympic Committee, with a successor yet to be named.

Several federations including football, rugby, gymnastics and tennis have become involved in scandals in the past. The President of the French Football Federation, Noel Le Graet, stepped down in February following accusations of sexual and psychological harassment just two months after France lost in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final in Qatar.

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