Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympics: the countdown begins

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The countdown to the 2024 Summer Olympics has begun and the world is watching with bated breath as Paris, France prepares to host the games.

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The countdown to the 2024 Summer Olympics has begun and the world is watching with bated breath as Paris, France prepares to host the games. There are still two years to go until the games start, but as the deadline draws closer, we take a look at some of the major news leading up to these quadrennial extravaganzas.

Paris 2024: The vision

In 2024, a new vision of the Olympic ideal will be put into practice in a unique atmosphere of global celebration. And after a particularly difficult period with the pandemic, the French plan to work with the entire Olympic family to show how sport can improve the world. 95% of the sites in the plan are already in place or are temporary, and each has a specific legacy that aligns with the city’s long-term development goals.

The sporting celebration will unfold along the Seine from the new Olympic Village, just 15 minutes from the heart of Paris, to sights like the Grand Palais and the Eiffel Tower. For hundreds of years, Paris has welcomed visitors from all over the world, including the founders of the Olympic Movement, to work, inspire each other and create new ideas and the future. In the city where Pierre de Coubertin first saw the possibility of a unified world through sport, in 2024 Paris will host spectacular and significant games that will mark a new turning point in the history of sport.

The 2024 Olympics will take place from July 26 to August 11 inclusive.. The IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020 gave Paris 2024 the opportunity to offer additional sports to improve its overall idea and schedule. IOC officials eager to set new benchmark for inclusive, gender-balanced and youth-focused competitions. The IOC has received a request from Paris 2024 to include four new sports popular with young people and to honor physical prowess and creativity. Breaking, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing are some of these activities. All four are simple to adopt and participants create vibrant online communities.

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Paris 2024: venues

Paris deserves all the honors because it is unlike any other city. Games in the nation’s capital should be a complete spectacle designed with competitors, spectators and viewers in mind. In order to provide fans with an unparalleled experience and present an excellent backdrop for sporting prowess, famous landmarks in Paris are being converted into sporting venues. The games will be visible throughout the city, from Yvelines to Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-et-Marne and Seine-Saint-Denis. Seine-Saint-Denis, the center of attraction for the project since the bid phase, will host the Olympic and Paralympic villages, the media village and six sports. In addition, Paralympic road cycling and the marathon will be a unique opportunity to introduce the Seine-Saint-Denis department to spectators and television viewers from all over the world.

Paris 2024: Ticketing

Nearly 10 million tickets for the 2024 Olympics and an additional 3.4 million for the Paralympics will be available. Packages and individual event tickets will be available for the Olympic Games, and day passes for many Paralympic sports and individual event tickets will be available for the Paralympic Games. Due to the increasing level of interest and demand, a raffle will take place to ensure everyone has an equal chance to win a ticket to the Olympic Games. All Olympic sports will start at €24, while all Paralympic sports will cost €15.

Paris 2024: The Athletes

The main objective of Paris 2024 is to organize an event designed both by and for the athletes. To give athletes a voice, they created the Athletes’ Commission. Each organizing committee of the Olympic or Paralympic Games has one, but Paris 2024 has chosen to expand it.

According to the Olympic Charter, each International Federation determines the conditions for the participation of each sport in the Olympic Games.. Some choose qualified teams or athletes based on ranking; some use existing competitions; and others establish Olympic qualifying tournaments. Countries like South Africa have already started incentivizing their athletes. In a recent report, Telkom South Africa announced plans to sponsor the South Africa team for Paris 2024. The multi-million rand sponsorship will allow SASCOC to grow the SA team and add more qualified athletes, providing local talent with Africa the opportunity to participate in the biggest sporting scene in the world. Additionally, Telkom will provide R4 million to the Medal Incentive Fund, which will be split between Olympians and Paralympians. We hope that other countries will do the same and that many athletes will come to this unique global event.
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