It’s official, the 4,400 athletes expected to participate in the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games will compete in 549 events and 22 sports. After consulting with international federations, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Paris 2024 thus adopted, on Friday, the sports program for the Paralympic Games in Paris from August 28 to September 8, 2024.
The actors insist on an edition that favors parity. ” Female athlete quotas will increase in Paris in more than 10 Paralympic disciplines compared to the Tokyo 2020 Games “They stress in a press release. They specify that a record will be broken with at least 1,859 female athletes, 77 more than in the last Games, and 235 female events, compared to 227 in the Japanese capital. ” In less than 25 years, the number of women participating in Paralympic events has doubled, illustrating the speed of progress made, but there is still some way to go to parity. Andrew Parsons, chairman of the IPC, said in the same press release.
“This is the first time that France has hosted the Summer Paralympic Games: we are determined to live up to this historic first.”
The main changes to the Tokyo Paralympic Games concern a handful of disciplines. For badminton it will award 16 medals, two more than in Tokyo. Several Paralympic sports will see their number of events increase, such as taekwondo (10 against 6 in Tokyo) or petanque (11 against 7), a Paralympic sport that looks a bit like petanque. The tests will also be more numerous in canoe and triathlon.
« The sports program of the Paris 2024 Games will benefit from a unique setting, as athletes will compete in the heart of the emblematic places of Paris and its region: at the foot of the Eiffel Tower for football for the blind, in the Grand Palais for parataekwondo and wheelchair fencing, at the Champ de Mars Arena for parajudo and wheelchair rugby, at the Esplanade des Invalides for archery, at the Château-de-Versailles park for para-horse riding . It is the first time that France has hosted the Summer Paralympic Games: we are determined to live up to this historic first “, Highlights Tony Estanguet, president of Paris 2024.
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