Phelps, Cielo, head for Paris Open

Paris: US swim star Michael Phelps, Brazilian dual world champion Cesar Cielo, and France`s 100m Olympic gold medalist Alain Bernard will be the star turns at next month`s Paris Open.

The trio`s participation in the June 26-27 event was confirmed by organisers at a press conference.

Phelps, the record eight-time gold medal winner at the Beijing Games, is set to clash with Bernard, in the 100m, and is to be paid 100,000 euros by the organisers so long as he competes in at least two events.

French team manager Christian Donze said: "He (Phelps) told us `I can guarantee you that I`m not coming to France, home of the sprinters, to hide myself away and not compete in the 100m`."

The total budget for the meet is 1.3million euros.

Bureau Report

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