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The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are coming to an end, which means it’s time to move on from the 2024 Summer Games in Paris.
With the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, less than a year had passed between the last Olympic iteration and this one. However, we will revert to a full schedule every two years, with the Paris games due to start in July 2024.
This means that we are more than two years away from the Paris Olympics and it is difficult to know what the competition will look like. However, plans are already in place, and here we’ll take a look at everything we know.
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Appointment: July 26 – August 11, 2024
Host city: Paris, France
Events: 306 in 32 sports
US broadcast partner: NBCUniversal
Logo and locations
The official logo of the 2024 Games will combine three iconic symbols representing both the Olympic Games and France: the gold medal, the Olympic flame and Marianne, symbol of the French Republic. The same logo will also be used for the 2024 Paralympic Games.
“The Paris 2024 logo combines three distinct symbols: the gold medal, the flame and Marianne, the personification of the French Republic. Each of these symbols reflects a part of our identity and our values. It is also the first times in history that the same emblem has been used for both the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games.”
A different logo, which featured a stylized representation of the Eiffel Tower merged with the number “24”, was used during the host city bid process. The official logo does an excellent job of representing both the host country and the rich tradition of the Olympic Games.
It will be the first time France has hosted the Olympics since 1992 and the first time Paris has hosted the Summer Games since 1924.
According to Paris2024.orgmore than 40 competition venues will be used for traditional and new sporting events.
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New and newer sporting events will be at the forefront of games in 2024, which is no surprise given the continued popularity of the X Games. Skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing will all return after their debut at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
Consequently, both baseball and karate will be excluded from the Olympic roster in two years.
Totally new in 2024 will be breakdancing, commonly referred to as breakdancing. Competitors will be scored by a judging panel similar to gymnastics or ice dance competitions at the Winter Olympics.
Organizations like International DanceSport have previously pushed for events like ballroom dancing to be part of the Olympics. While traditionalists might not be thrilled to walk through the door first, they recognize that it could keep that door open.
“Everyone felt like the dances all worked together,” USA Dance President Ken Richards said per Rick Maese from Washington Post. “So we had to come to this understanding and agreement that if dance can get a foot in the door with a style that the IOC wants, then maybe the other dances aren’t as far behind as we feared. .”
Another novelty of the 2024 Olympics will be an outdoor opening ceremony. According to Evan Hilbert of USA todaythe parade of nations will be “a flotilla of 162 boats on the Seine, with spectators able to watch from the banks”.
Paris also plans to make the city itself part of the competition, using well-known landmarks as backdrops for many venues. From Paris2024.org:
“The emblematic monuments of Paris are transformed into sports arenas to offer spectators an unparalleled experience and provide an exceptional setting for sporting prowess.”
Fans can expect an exciting, eye-catching and unique experience during the 2024 Games, something truly unlikely compared to anything that has happened before.