Kylian Mbappé Is Determined To Play At The Paris 2024 Olympic Games

The Frenchman is already a FIFA World Cup winner having lifted the trophy in Russia three years ago, and now he has his sights set on Olympic gold.

“It was while watching the London Olympics in 2012 that I realised the importance of this global competition,” Mbappé said, writing for L’Équipe to coincide with he French capital marking 1,000 days until the Games.

“The Games are THE benchmark for sport, the absolute holy grail that all sportsmen and women in the world want to compete in and experience at least once in their life.

“This is the time when you can give people the most pleasure, convey emotions and experience them in return.

Mbappé imagines living in the Olympic Village to be a “unique experience” and elaborated on the stars on London 2012 who caught his attention.

“I must have been 13, I was still very young, I remember the hours leading up to some competitions in London,” Mbappé wrote.

“I was impatient.

“Before each game of the American basketball super team, with LeBron [James], Kobe [Bryant].

“I wanted to see how Usain Bolt was going to transport us to the track in athletics, 100m, 200m.

“I followed a lot of other sports, of course football with Neymar’s Brazil who was beaten in the final by Mexico, and Ney, disappointed, said he wanted to win four years later in Rio, in his country.

“That’s when I said to myself, I want to be there too.”

France’s men’s football team were knocked out of Tokyo 2020 in the group stage ©Getty Images

France’s men’s football team were knocked out of Tokyo 2020 in the group stage ©Getty Images

Mbappé is from Paris, and went on to add that he feels “destined to participate in this huge celebration in my city, in my country, a hundred years after the last competition in France”.

Paris staged the Olympics in 1900 and 1924, and is the only French city to have hosted Summer Games.

Mbappé missed out on Tokyo 2020, where France’s men’s team exited the tournament a the group stage.

The 22-year-old was refused permission to play in Japan by PSG as the club argued the Games would disrupt pre-season preparations following his participation at Euro 2020 earlier in the summer.

Clubs are not obliged to release players for the Olympics.

“Already, in 2020, for the Tokyo Games, I wanted to participate, it was an objective but they quickly pulled the rug out from under my feet,” Mbappé added.

“When you see what the French teams have succeeded… We win in volleyball, in handball, we are a finalist in basketball against the United States.

“They went to look for gold and brought credit to France.

“I hope to experience that and do the same in 2024, with a team that would bring together the best players of the moment.

“These Games will be in France, they are those of the centenary in Paris.

“It’s not the biggest competition in football, but you have to play the Games in your career.

“It is something unheard of when you are in love with sports.”

Mbappé is one of the most recognisable athletes on he planet and arguably France’s biggest sporting star, so his participation at Paris 2024 would be a boost for organisers.

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