Paris 2024; Olympic and Paralympic Games a week earlier

Press release by Paris 2024;

The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which met in PyeongChang prior to the opening of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, confirmed the dates of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games will take place from 26 July to 11 August. The Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will take place from 28 August to 8 September.

The Olympic and Paralympic competitions in Paris will therefore take place a week earlier than originally proposed.

This change, which will become official after approval by the International Federations, came in response to the willingness of the IOC, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Paris 2024 to facilitate the organisation of the competitions and offer the best possible exposure to the Paralympic Games, whose first half will now take place during the period of school holidays.

During the visit of the Evaluation Commission in May 2017, the IOC and the IPC had expressed reservations about the originally proposed calendar, especially in regards to the 8-15 September timeframe, the second week of the Paralympic Games.

In close collaboration with its stakeholders and government agencies, Paris 2024 conducted a comprehensive study on the impact of a change in dates, addressing all operational aspects (transportation, security, spectator experience, logistics, etc).

The study, which proposed to advance the Games by one week, was welcomed by the IPC as well as the IOC, who approved it during its Executive Board meeting in PyeongChang

Paris 2024; Video Grand Paris Express

 

The future transport network of Le Grand Paris will be based on a ring route system around the capital, connecting all parts of the Île-de-France region with each other and with Paris itself.
This unprecedented driver of economic and technological progress will provide connections between the three Parisian airports, the business districts and the science and technology hubs of the region, enabling people, ideas and goods to circulate more quickly.

By reducing existing spatial inequalities and bridging mobility gaps, the new transport network will make day-to-day life easier for people in the Île-de-France region, and the new development hubs it creates will help to spread prosperity more evenly – as well widening access to the jobs market.

Once the whole network is up and running, the Grand Paris Express will generate an additional €100 billion in GDP and more than 115,000 jobs in addition to those created by the natural growth of the region. Between 250,000 and 400,000 housing units will also be built around the 68 stations of the future metro system.

 

Source: Société du Grand Paris

IOC announces host cities 2024 and 2028

As expected, the International Olympic Committee awarded the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad in 2024 to Paris and the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad in 2028 to Los Angeles.

Read more about the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 masterplan and venues.

Photo: Screencapture The Olympic Channel
Photo: Screencapture The Olympic Channel

 

Reactions

IOC President Thomas Bach said:

“Congratulations to Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028! This historic double allocation is a ‘win-win-win’ situation for the city of Paris, the city of Los Angeles and the IOC.”

“It is hard to imagine something better. Ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for the athletes of the world for the next 11 years is something extraordinary.”

“These are two great cities from two great countries with a great Olympic history. Both cities are very enthusiastic about the Games and are promoting the Olympic spirit in a fantastic way.”

 

IPC President Andrew Parsons said:

“I am greatly excited at what Paris 2024 and LA 2028 can do in terms of growing the Paralympic Movement and would like to send my heartfelt congratulations to both cities.”

“Both Paris and LA presented tremendous integrated bids and what I like about each host city is that they offer different opportunities for the Paralympic Movement.”

“Paris 2024 has a very strong desire to surpass London 2012 and stage the best Paralympic Games in history. Looking at what they presented here in Lima I really believe they can do it, however the benchmark will likely be raised by Tokyo in three years’ time. The Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will undoubtedly lead to social transformation and most certainly will make France an even stronger and more competitive player in Paralympic sport, especially with the development of France’s first Paralympic youth training centre.”

“With 11 years still to go until the LA 2028 Paralympics we have to go all out to ensure that these are the Games where the Paralympic Movement finally makes a breakthrough in the USA. This is a huge opportunity for us to engage the US market in terms of awareness, spectator numbers, TV viewership, commercial support and participation; it is an opportunity that we have to grasp with both hands.”

 

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said:

“We know that the Olympics in Los Angeles in 2028 represent continuity with our city and this movement’s enduring values. Los Angeles reflects the face of America’s future, and the heart of American values of inclusiveness, of generosity and of unity.”

 

Tony Estanguet, Co-Chair of Paris 2024, said:

“This day, Sept. 13th, will be remembered for our two teams and for the IOC. Now let’s open, together, a new chapter of Olympic history.”