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Paris 2024: games unlike any other

A century after having hosted its previous Games, Paris puts the emphasis on innovation for 2024.

New sports disciplines for Paris 2024

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The organizing committee and the city are intent on putting innovation at the heart of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024, one hundred years after the previous Games. A commitment that is first and foremost reflected on the sports fields, with disciplines that will make their appearance. In addition to climbing, skateboarding, and surfing, which will have had their grand premières in Tokyo in 2021, Paris 2024 will include breakdance among its additional sports. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) unveiled 8 other new events. Three related to sailing (kitesurfing, mixed 470 and offshore sailing) and two to canoeing (women’s and men’s extreme slalom). A new women's weight class in boxing, skeet shooting, as well as an athletic event replacing the 50km – and mixed too – will also be part of the line-up.

Parity, gender equality, at the heart of the Paris 2024 Olympic Sports Programme

© Julien Scussel Paris 2024

The increase in the number of mixed sports is no coincidence. Paris 2024 will also be the first gender equal Olympic and Paralympic Games. The determination to see as many women as men registered is also a nod to the 1900 Paris Olympics, the first in the history of Olympism in which women were invited to participate - 22 out of 997 at the time. By organizing a global carbon neutral event, Paris 2024 pursues the objectives of the Paris Agreement (2016) and addresses the environmental issues of our time. A second life (and therefore sustainability) for temporary infrastructures, the Olympic and Paralympic Village laying the foundations of the city of tomorrow, zero waste and zero single-use plastic during the event, etc.: Paris brings the Games firmly into a new era, with an emphasis on sharing, inclusion and sustainable development.

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