Next year, Paris will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, an event that promises to be spectacular, will have many first times, several innovations, and commitments to uphold the values of the Olympic Games: excellence, friendship, and respect.
The Olympic Games will take place from July 26 to August 11, 2024, and the Paralympics from August 28 to September 3, 2024.
So to get ready, we share a small account of what is known about the games so far.
Some games for everyone
Paris 2024 wants to bring sporting excitement to everyone, so it’s taking sport out of the usual places.
Starting with the opening ceremonies; the Olympic Games will be held on the banks of the Seine River along 6 kilometers, between the Bercy bridge and Trocadero, ending at the Eiffel Tower.
While the Paralympic Games ceremony will take place in the Place de la Concorde and in the lower part of the Champs Elysees.
In addition, other spaces in the city will also serve as sports venues, such as the Eiffel Tower stadium, where the beach volleyball competitions will take place; Les Invalides, where Archery will take place; the Grand Palais, which will host Fencing and Taekwondo; or Versailles, which will host the horse riding competitions.
It will also install Champions Park at Trocaderowhich will be a place to celebrate the medalists and to watch the finals live, through a giant screen.
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The games of Paris and all of France
Although the headquarters of the Olympic Games will be Paris, following the premise of being games for everyone, several of the competitions will be held in other cities in France, so that more travelers, locals and foreigners, can be part of this great party.
Lille, in northern France, will host the basketball matches and the handball finals at the Pierre Mauroy stadium.
Marseille, in addition to receiving the Olympic torch on May 8, will host the sailing competitions and some soccer matches.
In fact, football matches will take place in seven cities, Paris (Parc des Princes), Nantes (La Beaujoire Stadium), Bordeaux (Bordeaux Stadium), Marseille (Marseille Stadium), Nice (Nice Stadium), Saint-Etienne (Geoffroy Guichard Stadium) and Lyon (Lyon Stadium).
And for the first time, overseas territories will be part of the Games, especially French Polynesia, where surfers will compete at Teahupo’o.
In addition, the 2024 Clubs will be installed in various parts of France so that more people can be part of the celebration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, since the competitions will be broadcast live on a big screen.
There will also be sports demonstrations, cultural activities such as concerts, shows, meetings with artists, presence of mascots, digital and innovative animations, and it will be possible to meet local athletes.
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An Olympic Games committed to the biggest challenges on the planet
In terms of inclusion, for the first time in the history of the games, the Paralympic and Olympic teams form a single team and the logos of the two competitions are included in the official image.
Regarding gender equality, Paris 2024 will be the first games respecting parity with the same number of female and male athletes.
Regarding the environment, the objective is to reduce the carbon footprint by half, compared to the London 20212 Games, working on issues of transport, catering, energy and accommodation. So a large part of the infrastructure that will be used in the games already exists, such as the Stade de France and Rolland Garros, or ephemeral stadiums will be made with recycled or recyclable materials.
The Olympic Village will be transformed and handed over to the population of Seine-Saint-Denis after the games, offering 2,200 new accommodations for the inhabitants.
Tickets to competitions
Currently the sale of tickets is already available, in fact it is in its third phase and everyone can access it in the Official Paris 2024 pageonly there are few disciplines left.
However, by the second quarter of 2024, the official platform for the resale of tickets will open.
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Unlike other mascots of the Olympic Games, those of Paris 2024 will not be animals, but an object, which represents an ideal.
It is about the Phryges, which is a Phrygian cap that represents an important symbol for the French Republic.
Red mascots with blue and white details, representing the colors of France, are a well-known item and a symbol of freedom.
“The fact that the Paralympic mascot has a visible disability also sends a strong message: promoting inclusion,” said Tony Estanguet, president of Paris 2024, during the presentation.
Data to take into account
Paris 2024 will receive 15,000 athletes, between the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
There will be 32 sports, including four new ones. In addition to climbing, skateboarding and surfing, which premiered at Tokyo 2020, breakdancing will come to Paris 2024.
20,000 accredited journalists will attend, 45,000 volunteers from 190 countries will participate, and 13 million tickets will be sold, including 3 million for the Paralympics.
The Olympic torch will be lit on April 16, in Olympia, Greece, and will arrive in France, specifically Marseille, on May 8, where it will begin his tour throughout Franceincluding the Overseas Territories.
Without a doubt, it is still a good time to organize a trip to the Olympic Games, it will be something historic and spectacular!