France has officially become the host country for the next Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2024 (the 33rd Olympic Games), receiving the flag from Tokyo. Paris 2024, which will take place exactly 100 years after the last Summer Games in France, will be the largest event ever organized in the country, and will take place from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, August 11, 2024. It promises to be an inclusive, interactive and sustainable sports holiday. : the first fully gender-balanced and carbon-neutral Olympics, which includes the first-ever Olympic events open to the public.

Building on the success of the postponed Olympics in Japan, which followed many months of separation and restrictions, France seeks to impress the world with a new model of the Games that meets the aspirations of the younger generation. In addition to skateboarding, rock climbing and surfing, which debuted at the Tokyo Olympics, the Paris line-up will be added another new dynamic sport: break, a competitive form of breakdance. Thus, the official number of Olympic sports is 32.

In the spirit of rebuilding communities and sharing the Games with as many people as possible, Paris 2024 will also be The first in the history of the Olympic Games included a public version of the marathon and cycling competitionswhere members of the public can apply to follow in the footsteps of the athletes on the same day and course as the medal race. It will also be new concepts of the ceremonyin order to move celebrations to people in public places rather than keep them in the same stadium.

© Paris 2024 – Equestrian discipline at the Chateau de Versailles

Paris 2024 will also demonstrate creativity and inclusiveness in the plan playgrounds, preferring not only the traditional sports facilities of the capital, but also beautiful attractions, as well as cities in other parts of France and overseas. Sport and heritage will be combined in unexpected ways: prepare for beach volleyball at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, archery against the Invalides, freestyle BMX in Place de la Concorde, taekwondo at the Grand Palais and equestrian disciplines at Versailles Castle.

Next, Nantes, Bordeaux, Lyon, Nice and Marseille will host football matches – the latter will also feature sailing – and the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia will be a paradise for Olympic surfers. Such will be environmentally responsible The Games, maximizing the use of existing infrastructure for 95% of needs and building only the facilities needed by the local population – this means that the carbon footprint in Paris 2024 will be twice less than in the previous Games in France.

© Paris 2024 – Nautical Stud in Ver-sur-Marne, east of Paris

This will be the third time Paris has hosted the Summer Olympics, but for the first time in a century – the last time was in 1924. Then the program included 126 trials in only 17 disciplines, but lasted four months. Only 135 of the 3,089 athletes vying for victory were women, although the event gained worldwide fame: 44 countries from all continents sent athletes to competitions. Paris was also the city that invented the concept Olympic Villageaccepted at all Games since 1924. It will also be a century since the beginning of the Winter Olympics, which took place in the French mountain resort of Chamonix in early 1924.

The great position of France in modern Olympic history was also formed by the French educator and historian Pierre de Coubertin (1863-1937), who founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC). His congress at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1894 led to the decision to hold the Olympics every four years with a program of modern rather than ancient sports. The Pierre de Courbetten Medal – also known as the Coubertin Medal or the True Spirit of Sportsmanship Medal – is an award given by the IOC to athletes who demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship at the Games.

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