2024 Paralympic Games: the start in six months

On August 28, more than 4,000 athletes will gather in Paris for the first Paralympic Games in French history, a unique event in a capital that will have to meet the challenge of accessibility and attract its audience for the celebration to be a success. .

Five hundred and forty-nine events will animate the 11 days of competition.

New communication campaigns around the Paralympics will be launched in spring 2024. AP - Antonella Crescimbeni

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According to the latest count provided by the organizing committee last week, more than 870,000 tickets, out of 2.8 million in total, were sold or allocated, including just over 23% to the general public.


This is a normal sales curve for the Paralympic Games,

 ” explained Andrew Parsons, president of the International Paralympic Committee, “ 

we know that things will accelerate as the Games approach


The observation is shared by Tony Estanguet, president of the organizing committee, who indicated during a press briefing at the end of December: “ 

Traditionally, in all the latest editions of the Games, there are a little less than half of the tickets which are sold at the time of the Olympics, very late, and it is very likely that we will not be an exception



Working to raise awareness of the Paralympic Games

New communication campaigns around the event will be launched in the spring while the organizing committee also wants to continue its awareness-raising work among the general public to make known the particularities of the Games, like the classification system.

Working to raise awareness of the Paralympic Games remains one of the major projects facing the organizers while eyes are currently focused on the Olympic Games, which will take place a month before.

We realized four years ago that the French did not know the content of the Paralympic Games well.

A lot of acculturation work is necessary 

,” explains Ludivine Munos, responsible for Paralympic integration within the organizing committee and three-time Paralympic swimming champion.

French para-athletes hope that the Paralympic Games will constitute “

a springboard

 ” to “

change views

 ” on disability and inclusion.

We want to change the way we look at disability and stimulate as many people with disabilities as possible by telling them: it’s possible

,” Sandrine Martinet, parajudoka and standard bearer of the French delegation at Tokyo 2020, explains to AFP. “

 It changed our lives and we want our journey to be inspiring and make people want

 to take up sport,” says the 2016 Rio Paralympic champion, in category B2 (visually impaired).

In Tokyo, the French delegation won 55 medals.

From now on, the French team wants to exceed


figure at home


“I think it's important to be ambitious, nothing is stopping us from achieving this objective

 ,” Sami El Gueddari, head of performance at the French Disabled Sports Federation, told AFP.

In total, between 120 and 135 athletes should make up the French delegation.


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