France officially becomes the nation that will host the next Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games (the Games of the 33rd Olympiad) with the transmission of the Tokyo flag during the sparkling closing ceremony today, August 9. Paris 2024, which will take place exactly 100 years after the last Summer Games in France, will be the biggest event ever to be held in the country and will take place from Friday July 26 to Sunday August 11, 2024.

This event promises to be inclusive, interactive and sustainable : these Olympic Games will be the first to be fully gender balanced, carbon neutral and open to participation by the general public.

Following the success of the event in Japan which had to be postponed and after many months of separation and restriction, France wishes to surprise the world with a new model of the Olympic Games in line with the aspirations of the young generation. In addition to skateboarding, rock climbing and surfing which made their Olympic debut in Tokyo, a new dynamic sport will be added to the Paris program: breakdance in competitive form. This means that the official number of Olympic sports will rise to 32.

With the goal of reconnecting communities and sharing the Games with as many people as possible, they will also be the first in Olympic history to include a public version of the marathon and cycling events, where members of the public can register to follow in the footsteps of athletes on the same course on the same day. There will also be a new concept of ceremonies, aimed at transporting the festivities to public spaces rather than carrying them out in a single stadium.

Paris 2024 will also demonstrate creativity and inclusiveness in terms of places, by favoring not only the traditional sports venues of the capital, but also its magnificent monuments, as well as cities in other regions of France and overseas territories. -sea. Sport and heritage will come together in an unexpected way: get ready to see beach volleyball at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, archery against the Invalides, freestyle BMX on the Place de la Concorde, taekwondo at the Grand Palais and equestrian disciplines at the Palace of Versailles.

The cities of Nantes, Bordeaux, Lyon, Nice and Marseille will host football matches – the latter also hosting sailing – and the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia will see surfing make its Olympic debut. These will be environmentally friendly Games that will maximize the use of existing infrastructure for 95% of needs and only build facilities that are useful for the population – which means Paris 2024’s carbon footprint will be half the size. important than that of the previous Games in France.

This will be the third time that Paris will host the Summer Olympics, but the first time in a century – the last edition was in 1924. At the time, the program included 126 events in only 17 disciplines, but it lasted four months. Only 135 of the 3,089 athletes competing for victory were women, as the event grew in importance around the world: 44 countries from all continents sent athletes there to compete. Paris is also the city that invented the notion of the Olympic village, which all the Games have adopted since 1924. It will also be a century since the first Winter Olympics were held in the French mountain resort of Chamonix that same year. .

France’s important place in modern Olympic history was also shaped by the French educator and historian Pierre de Coubertin (1863-1937), who founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It was during its congress at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1894 that the decision was taken to organize the Olympic Games every four years, with a program offering modern rather than old sports. The Pierre-de-Courbetin Medal – also known as the Sportsmanship Medal – is an award awarded by the IOC to athletes who demonstrate true sportsmanship at the Olympic Games.

Paris 2024 has already obtained 600 million euros in revenue from national partnerships, the objective being to raise two-thirds of its total budget by the end of 2021. The Olympic mascot will be revealed in the fall of 2022, and 13, 5 million tickets will go on sale in 2023.