The countdown continues! With two years to go until the start of the Games, Paris 2024 published the events competition schedule, announced the event’s new slogan, unveiled what’s to come with a very water-inspired start to the Opening Ceremonies along the Seine and even publicized more information for fans looking for tickets to catch all the action live in the French capital.
The Games of the XXXIII Olympiad – better known as the Paris 2024 Olympic Games - will be the first time this century and the third time ever that France has hosted the summer edition of the Games. With the French capital first hosting the Games in 1900 and then again in 1924, is Paris set to become the second city (following London in 1908, 1948 and 2012) to be a three-time Olympic Games host.
Paris 2024 will officially start on 26 July 2024 with a tradition-bucking "bold, original and unique" opening ceremony that starts along the River Seine.
Starting at Pont d’Austerlitz, the opening parade of athletes and nations will take a six-kilometre route along the famous waterway heading west before ending at Pont d’lena, the venue of the open water swimming competition. After embarking from the boats, the remaining elements of the Opening Ceremony and final shows will take place in the Trocadero, the expansive complex of museum and garden grounds located around the Eiffel Tower.
Having the athlete experience at the heart of the Games inspired this idea of holding the opening ceremonies outside of a stadium for the first time in Summer Olympics history. Adding to this experience will be the fans as at least 600,000 spectators will be able to attend the festivities, ten times more than in at a typical Olympic stadium – with many viewing spots along the waterway allowing spectators to watch for free.
Paris 2024 Olympic Games: 329 medal events across 32 medal events
The Olympic programme will contain 32 sports, including five of the aquatic FINA disciplines – swimming, artistic swimming, open water swimming, diving and water polo. Joining the Olympic sports programme for the first time will be breaking as sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing return again after their successful debuts in Tokyo.
329 events will be spread across 18 days of competition, from Wednesday 24 July to Sunday 11 August. Designed to ensure that the Olympics generate spectacular moments from the very beginning, the events schedule has swimming helping open the first day of medal events after the Opening Ceremony on Saturday 27 July and a water polo gold medal game taking place on the last day of the Games.
Among aquatics, athletes will compete in 49 Olympic medal events across the five aforementioned aquatic disciplines – the most medal events of any International Federation. With a total of 1,392 places reserved for these athletes, the aquatics athletes will be the most well-represented group at the Paris 2024 Games.
How Aquatics Athletes Can Qualify
FINA worked closely with the IOC Sports Department and the leaders of the FINA Technical Committees and consulted with its National Member Federations to develop the aquatics qualification principles for the Paris 2024 Games. You can find more information about this process here.
Experience Paris 2024 in person
Watching the Olympics in person is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see breathtaking athletic performances at some of France’s most iconic sites.
With over 13 million tickets set to go on sale (10 million for the Olympic Games and 3.4 million for the Paralympic Games), Paris 2024 also announced new information about ticketing for the ticket draw that opens in December 2022. This includes making the Games accessible, with nearly half the tickets reserved for the general public will cost €50 or less.
Those wanting to stay on top of the ticket game can join the Paris 2024 Club, free of charge. Members have the opportunity to win priority access when tickets go on sale, as well as receive all the latest ticketing info. Visit the Paris 2024 Club website.
Games Wide Open – Opening the emotions of the Games
Paris 2024 also unveiled the shared slogan for both the Olympics and the Paralympic Games: “Ouvrons Grand Les Jeux” or “Games Wide Open” with organisers saying this “is an invitation to the world to come and experience new emotions together.”