The Agglomeration Grand Paris Sud and the Department of Essonne have announced that they are acting as promoters for the establishment of the Grand Paris Sud Sport Cluster that will be located on the grounds of the old Ris-Orangis hippodrome.
This original and ambitious project was actually inspired by Genopole’s biocluster model that federates private and public stakeholders and is also founded on the triangle of education, research and entreprises.
Genopole was asked to provide support and expertise relating to genomic research directions and for the creation of a mixed research unit to be established at the University of Evry on sports and health.

The President of the Organizing Committee of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Tony Estanguet, was present on May 16, 2018 to support the initiative that was announced in the presence of Genopole’s CEO, Jean-Marc Grognet, Genopole’s ex- and Founding-CEO, Pierre Tambourin who will act as Vice-President of the Association Cluster Grand Paris Sport (also in charge of research), along with the President of the Agglomeration Grand Paris Sud, Francis Chouat, as well as the President of the Department of Essonne, François Durovray, who will act as Treasurer of the Association.
The idea for the sport cluster dates back to 2014 at the time when the hippodrome was meant to be transformed into a rugby stadium holding 82,000 people, a project that was actually abandoned in 2016 by the French Rugby Federation.

Hakim Khellaf, a high level judoka who acted as sport advisor to Prime Ministers Ayrault and Valls, played an important role in defining the development plan of the Sport Cluster.