2024 Summer Paralympics

The 2024 Summer Paralympics (French: Jeux paralympiques d'été de 2024), also known as the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, and commonly known as Paris 2024, is an upcoming international multi-sport parasports event governed by the International Paralympic Committee, to be held in Paris, France, from 28 August to 8 September 2024. These games mark the first time Paris will host the Paralympics in its history and the second time that France will host the Paralympic Games, as Tignes and Albertville jointly hosted the 1992 Winter Paralympics.

XVII Paralympic Games
Host cityParis, France
Events549 in 22 sports
Opening28 August [1]
Closing8 September [1]
StadiumStade de France (Athletics competition, closing ceremony)[2]
Place de la Concorde (Opening ceremony)
Summer
Winter
2024 Summer Olympics

Bidding process

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As part of a formal agreement between the International Paralympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee first established in 2001, the winner of the bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics must also host the 2024 Summer Paralympics.[3]

Due to concerns over a number of cities withdrawing in the bid process of the 2022 Winter Olympics and 2024 Summer Olympics, a process to award the 2024 and 2028 Games simultaneously to the final two cities in the running to host the 2024 Summer Olympics; Los Angeles and Paris, was approved at an Extraordinary IOC Session on 11 July 2017 in Lausanne.[4] Paris was understood to be the preferred host for the 2024 Games. On 31 July 2017, the IOC announced Los Angeles as the sole candidate for the 2028 Games, opening Paris up to be confirmed as hosts for the 2024 Games. Both decisions were ratified at the 131st IOC Session on 13 September 2017.[5]

In February 2018, it was reported that the IOC and organizing committee had discussed moving the Olympics and Paralympics ahead by one week from their original scheduling, so that the Paralympics will fall within the school holiday period.[6]

Development and preparations

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Venues

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All the Paralympic events will be held in and around Paris, including the suburbs of Saint-Denis and Versailles, & Vaires-sur-Marne which is just outside the city environs.[7]

Grand Paris zone

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Venue Events Capacity Status
Stade de France Closing Ceremony 77,083 Existing
Athletics (Track and Field)
Paris La Défense Arena Swimming 15,220
Porte de La Chapelle Arena Badminton 6,700 Additional
Powerlifting 7,000
Clichy-sous-Bois Cycling (Road) Temporary
North Paris Arena Sitting volleyball 6,000 Temporary
Parc Georges Valbon - La Courneuve Para-marathon (start) Temporary

Paris Centre zone

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Venue Events Capacity Status
Bercy Arena Wheelchair Basketball 15,000 Existing
Grand Palais Éphémère Judo 8,356
Wheelchair Rugby
Eiffel Tower Stadium (Champ de Mars) Football 5-a-side 12,860 Temporary
Les Invalides Archery, Para marathon (finish) 8,000
Grand Palais Taekwondo 6,500 Existing
Wheelchair Fencing
Pont Alexandre III Triathlon 1,000 Temporary
Stade Roland Garros Wheelchair Tennis 12,000 Existing
South Paris Arena Boccia 9,000
Table tennis 6,650
Goalball 7,300

Versailles zone

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Venue Events Capacity Status
Gardens of the Palace of Versailles Para equestrian (Dressage) 80,000
(22,000 + 58,000)
Temporary

Outlying venues

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Venue Events Capacity Status
National Olympic Nautical Stadium of Île-de-France (Vaires-sur-Marne) Para canoe 12,000 Existing
Para rowing 14,000
Vélodrome de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Cycling (Track) 5,000
National Shooting Centre (Châteauroux) Shooting 3,000

Non-competitive venues

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Venue Use Capacity Status
Place de la Concorde Opening Ceremony 65,000 Temporary
L'Île-Saint-Denis Paralympic Village 17,000 Additional
Parc de l'Aire des Vents, Dugny Media Village Temporary
Le Bourget Exhibition Centre and Media Village International Broadcast Centre Existing
Paris Congress Centre Main Press Centre

Medals

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The designs of the medals for the 2024 Summer Paralympics were unveiled on 8 February 2024;[8] as with the Olympic medals, they feature an embedded original piece of iron from the Eiffel Tower in the shape of a hexagon with the logo of the Games engraved into it.[9] On the reverse, there is a stamp of "Paris 2024" in braille, which was added in honour of French educator and inventor Louis Braille, who is credited with inventing the reading and writing system for people who are visually impaired.[10]

Volunteers

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In March 2023, applications to be volunteers at the Olympic and Paralympic Games were released.[11] By May 2023, 300,000 applications had been received.[12] Applicants were made aware of the status of their application in late 2023, of which 45,000 were expected to be assigned a volunteering position.[13]

The Games

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The programme for the 2024 Summer Paralympics was announced in January 2019, with no changes to the 22 sports from the 2020 Summer Paralympics.[14][15][16] The first draft of the event schedule was released on 8 July 2022, with 549 events in 22 sports. A record 235 medal events will be women's events, an increase of eight over 2020; factoring these events and mixed-gender events, the number of female participants in the Paralympics is projected to be at least double of that of Sydney 2000.[15][16]

The IPC considered bids for golf, karate, para dance sport, and powerchair football to be added to the Paralympic programme as new sports. Bids for were also made for CP football (football 7-a-side) and sailing—the two sports that had been dropped for 2020—to be reinstated. While CP football was selected for consideration by the IPC, it was rejected due to a lack of reach in women's participation.[14]

In January 2021, the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) was declared non-competent by the IPC for violations of its Athlete Classification Code, and the sport was dropped from the Paris 2024 programme. On 22 September 2021, the IPC conditionally reinstated wheelchair basketball following reforms made by the IWBF, subject to compliance measures.[17]


Calendar

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The International Paralympic Committee has approved the final schedule and dates for upcoming Summer Paralympics games were released on 2 February 2023.[18]

All times and dates use Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)
OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Gold medal events CC Closing ceremony
August-September 2024 August September Events
28th
Wed
29th
Thu
30th
Fri
31st
Sat
1st
Sun
2nd
Mon
3rd
Tue
4th
Wed
5th
Thu
6th
Fri
7th
Sat
8th
Sun
  Ceremonies OC CC
  Boccia
  Goalball 2
  Football 5-a-side 1
  Para archery
  Para athletics
  Para badminton
  Para canoe
Para cycling   Road
  Track
  Para equestrian
  Para judo
  Para powerlifting
  Para rowing 5
  Para swimming
  Para table tennis
  Para taekwondo
  Para triathlon
  Shooting para sport
  Sitting volleyball 1 1
  Wheelchair basketball 1 1
  Wheelchair fencing
  Wheelchair rugby 1
  Wheelchair tennis


Participating National Paralympic Committees

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The following is a list of National Paralympic Committees who have at least one athlete who has qualified for the 2024 Paralympics. Kosovo and Tuvalu are expected to make their Paralympic debut at these games.

Participating National Paralympic Committees

Number of athletes by National Paralympic Committee

As of 15 June 2024

Marketing

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Emblem

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The emblem for the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics (a stylized rendition of Marianne) was unveiled on 21 October 2019 at the Grand Rex. For the first time, a Paralympic Games will share the same emblem as their corresponding Olympics, with no difference or variation. Paris 2024 president Tony Estanguet stated that the decision was intended to reflect the two events sharing a single "ambition", explaining that "in terms of legacy we believe that in this country we need to strengthen the place of sport in the daily life of the people, and whatever the age, whatever the disability or not, you have a place and a role to play in the success of Paris 2024".[19]

Mascots

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The Olympic Phryge (left), the official mascot of the 2024 Summer Olympics, and the Paralympic Phryge (right), the official mascot of the 2024 Summer Paralympics

The mascots of Paris 2024, The Phryges, were unveiled on 14 November 2022. They are a pair of anthrophomorphic Phrygian caps, which have been regarded as a historical symbol of liberty and freedom in France. The Phryge representing the Paralympics wears a running blade on one of its legs, marking the first time since 1994 that a Paralympic mascot has been depicted with a visible disability.[20]

Broadcasting

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For the first time, Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) will provide live telecasts for all 22 Paralympic sports—an increase from 19 in Tokyo.[21]

In conjunction with the Olympic Games, the French national public television broadcaster France Télévisions acquired rights to the 2024 Summer Paralympics, airing primarily on their main channels France 2 and France 3.[22] On 28 August 2020, Channel 4 renewed its rights to the Paralympics in the United Kingdom through 2024;[23] coverage will be broadcast on Channel 4 television and Channel 4 Sport channels on YouTube.[24]

See also

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References

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  1. ^ a b "Paris 2024 Paralympic Games". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Stade de France".
  3. ^ "Paralympics 2012: London to host 'first truly global Games'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  4. ^ "IOC Executive Board approve joint awarding plans for 2024 and 2028 Olympics". Inside the Games. 9 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Paris set to host 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles to be awarded 2028 Games by IOC". ABC News. 31 July 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  6. ^ Butler, Nick (7 February 2018). "Paris 2024 to start week earlier than planned after IOC approve date change". insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Paris 2024 Competition Venue Concept Map". Paris 2024. Retrieved 15 March 2024.
  8. ^ "Paris 2024: the Olympic and Paralympic medals have been revealed". Olympics. 8 February 2024. Retrieved 8 February 2024.
  9. ^ "Paris 2024: Eiffel Tower metal in Olympics and Paralympics medals". BBC Sport. 8 February 2024. Retrieved 8 February 2024.
  10. ^ "Paris 2024 unveils Paralympic and Olympic Games medals". Paralympic. 8 February 2024. Retrieved 8 February 2024.
  11. ^ "Paris 2024 Volunteer Programme: Timeline and application process revealed". Olympics. 18 October 2022. Retrieved 10 February 2024.
  12. ^ "Over 300,000 applications for 45,000 volunteer places at Paris 2024". Inside The Games. 5 May 2023. Retrieved 10 February 2024.
  13. ^ "How to Apply to Volunteer at the Paris 2024 Olympics". AFAR. 14 April 2023. Retrieved 10 February 2024.
  14. ^ a b "Paris 2024: IPC announces sports programme". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  15. ^ a b "Paris 2024 reveals session-by-session competition schedule". Paralympic.org. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  16. ^ a b "Paris 2024 Paralympic Competition Schedule by session" (PDF). Paralympic.org. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  17. ^ "Wheelchair basketball conditionally reinstated on to Paris 2024 programme". Insidethegames.biz. 22 September 2021. Archived from the original on 26 September 2021. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  18. ^ "Paris 2024 Schedule released". Paralympic.org. Retrieved 27 April 2023.
  19. ^ "Paris 2024 unveil new shared Olympic and Paralympic Games emblem". insidethegames.biz. 21 October 2019. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  20. ^ Belam, Martin (14 November 2022). "Meet the Phryges: Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic mascots unveiled". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 28 July 2023.
  21. ^ McLean, Heather. "Paris 2024: The IPC on making the Paralympic Games the best ever while changing culture and attitudes towards disability". SVG Europe. Retrieved 5 July 2023.
  22. ^ "France Télévisions is official broadcaster for Paris 2024". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 28 January 2022.
  23. ^ "Channel 4 extends Paralympics commitment with Paris 2024 deal". SportBusiness. 28 August 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  24. ^ Bickerton, Jake. "C4 to stream Paris 2024 Paralympics on YouTube". Broadcast. Retrieved 22 May 2024.
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Preceded by Summer Paralympics
Paris

XVII Paralympic Summer Games (2024)
Succeeded by