A little more than 8 months and the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad to be held in Paris, July 26 to August 11, 2024, will open.
It is the second city after London (1908, 1948 and 2012) to host the Summer Olympic Games three times, following the 1900 and 1924 editions. In 2028, Los Angeles will also host its third Olympics (the first two were in 1932 and 1984). The Paralympic Games will take place from August 28 to September 8, 2024, and will feature 4,400 athletes..
"As the famous saying goes, Paris is a party, and the summer of 2024 proves it once again," announces Tony Estanguet, French canoeing legend and president of the Paris 2024 organizing committee.
"The only difference is that, in 2024, all of France will be celebrating, thanks to the long-awaited return of the Olympic Games after 100 years, and the first Summer Paralympic Games ever held in France! In Paris 2024, our celebration program is designed to bring to life our vision: 'Games Wide Open'.
Our goal is to enable all regions, all French people, and all enthusiasts around the world to share in this global festival for the people."
The Olympic Games in numbers: 10,500 athletes from 206 delegations
As many as 10,500 athletes from 206 delegations will compete for Olympic laurels in 32 sports and numerous events. According to the current policy of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Summer Olympic Games program consists of 28 "main" sports, to which other disciplines proposed by the organizing committee and approved by the IOC may be added, with the aim of increasing the interest of the local population. Thus, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing, already present at the 2020 Games, and breakdancing, never included in the Olympic program, are confirmed in Paris.
There are 41 venues. Fully in line with the Olympic agenda 2020, aimed at making the organization of the event more economically sustainable, the 2024 Olympic Games will make extensive use of existing or temporary facilities, and the only permanent sports facilities to be built from scratch will be the Porte de la Chapelle Arena, the Le Bourget climbing stadium, and the Saint-Denis aquatic center. Once the Games are over, 8,876 trees will be planted on the site of the Olympic and Paralympic village in Seine-Saint-Denis, which will be transformed into a city district that aims to be an eco-environmental excellence.
Sport shooting at the 2024 Olympic Games in Châteauroux (France)
The rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting competitions will be hosted at the recently opened Châteauroux National Shooting Center, 250 km south of Paris.
Lyon, Nantes, Bordeaux, Saint-Etienne, Nice and Marseille will share the football tournament, while Lille will host the finals of the men's and women's handball tournaments and the qualifying games for the basketball tournaments. Marseille will be the sailing capital, while surfers will take on the legendary Teaupo'o wave in Tahiti! In Marseille, on May 8, 2024, the flame of the Paris 2024 Torch will open the Games with the relay across France and beyond to Paris and light the Olympic brazier. Designed by Mathieu Lehanneur, a leading figure in French design, the Paris 2024 Torch is manufactured by Arcelor Mittal, the world's leading steel company and official partner of Paris 2024.
The opening ceremony will take place not in a stadium but along a 6-kilometer route along the Seine. It will be an unprecedented event, with access from the docks for about 600,000 spectators and special tickets ranging from 90 to 2,700 euros. The closing ceremony, on the other hand, will take place in the Stade de France.
Logo, mascot and medals - Olympic Games 2024 in Paris
The logo of the Games combines three symbols: a golden circle representing a gold medal, the Olympic flame, and a female face, that of Marianne, an allegory of the French Republic. Underneath are the Olympic rings or the three Paralympic agitos. Apart from this small difference, this is the first time the logo is common to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Games mascot is also the same and is called Phryge: it takes inspiration from the red Phrygian cap, a symbol of the French Revolution. Dressed in red, white and blue, with the golden Paris 2024 logo on its chest, the mascot represents a symbol of freedom, inclusiveness and people's ability to support important causes. Even the Paris Olympics medal, designed by Philippe Starck, is very unique and a symbol of inclusiveness: it can be divided into four parts that the winner can share with those who contributed to his or her victory. In this way a fragment of the Olympic dream will be offered to others.
The Olympic Games 2024 in Paris will generate as many as 150,000 jobs. In the first three weeks of the opening of the ticket office, more than 3 million tickets have already been sold and 10 million more are expected to be sold starting at 24 euros (15 for the Paralympic Games). To ensure fairness, ticket sales are accessible to everyone, worldwide, through the official Olympic platform. For some finals, ticket prices are as high as 980 euros.
all4shooters.com is now starting an international editorial series about the "Road to Paris / Olympic Games 2024" for sport shooters and shooting sports disciplines.
This is the first of a series of regular articles during these months that separate us from the Paris 2024 Olympics. We will explain everything about the shooting events, the event-calendar, the shooting range and the Olympic competitions, but we will also follow the main competitions in which the Olympic cards still missing are assigned and we will check the fitness of the most accredited shooters. We will make you live the Olympic dream for shooters until the brazier is lit and even afterwards, when it is time for the medals. Stay connected!