The Olympic champion had strongly denied. Le Canard Enchaîné had claimed at the time that Tony Estanguet was going to receive 450,000 euros as the head of the Organizing Committee. These figures were quickly denied by the organizers. “The amounts mentioned do not in any way constitute the remuneration of the president and the general manager of the future Cojo (Organizing Committee) Paris 2024,” the committee responded in a statement, regretting not having been contacted by the weekly newspaper which also claimed that the Minister of Action and Public Accounts at the time, Gérald Darmanin, had commissioned the General Inspectorate of Finances “to see more clearly the financial risks incurred by the State.”
“Work on the remuneration of the leaders of the future Cojo Paris 2024 has just begun” and “will be the subject of discussions with the founding members of Paris 2024,” such as the State, the city of Paris, the region of Île-de-France, the French Olympic and Paralympic committees (CNOSF and CPSF), added Paris 2024. “There are criticisms that are more or less justified. For this particular case, it doesn’t affect me,” he continued, specifying: “I expected it but I didn’t think it would come so quickly.” “We have to get back to the reality of the facts, the figures released are in no way my salary, they came from a study to assess the overall payroll of the organizing committee of the Games in light of past experiences (2012 London Games, 2016 Rio Games, 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and Euro 2016).
The question of the salary of the president of Paris 2024 has not yet been discussed, as the remuneration committee of Paris 2024 has not yet been constituted, it will be in the coming weeks. We will use the same logic with experts who will make proposals,” explained the triple Olympic canoe champion. Tony Estanguet’s salary had been the subject of a declaration by the Cojo in 2018: 270,000 euros gross annual until 2020. This remuneration was then subject to change within a limit of 20%, based on certain performance criteria, the Cojop indicated at the time.