The International Paralympic Committee has formalized the “sport” program for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, which will take place from August 28 to September 8, 2024. With 22 sports, 549 events and 1,859 female athletes, these Games will shine with their records.
The Paris Games will feature a record 235 women’s events, eight more than at the Tokyo 2020 Games. This figure represents a 28% increase from the Athens Paralympic Games in 2004.
The 549 events on the program will benefit from exceptional settings, such as the Invalides for para archery, the Champ de Mars, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, for blind football, para judo and wheelchair rugby, or the park of the Palace of Versailles for para horse riding. As for para badminton and para weightlifting, they will be hosted in the Arena at Porte de Chapelle.
Strong increase in parity
Of the 4,400 athletes competing for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, at least 1,859 will be women, or at least 77 more than in Tokyo. The total number of female athletes admitted to the Paralympic Games could increase further thanks to the 339 mixed quotas planned for the Paris 2024 Games.
Women’s participation in the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will thus have almost doubled compared to the Sydney 2000 Games (990 female athletes competing at the time).
To better promote athletes with a need for support, the number of medals awarded to the bowl (a precision sport played with leather balls and akin to pétanque) will increase from 7 to 11, an increase of more than a third between the Tokyo 2020 Games and Paris 2024.
The IPC also standardized the competition format for the five team sports on the Games program, so that all events now feature eight teams.
What are the other novelties?
Para badminton will be crowned with 16 medals at the Paris 2024 Games, two more than in Tokyo. Para taekwondo will see its number of events go from 6 to 10 and its quotas increase by 66%.
The boccia will have a total of 11 events (instead of 7 in Tokyo): 4 men, 4 women and 3 mixed
Para canoeing and para triathlon will also see an increase in their number of events (10 and 11 respectively) compared to Tokyo 2020.
Quotas of female athletes will increase in Paris in more than 10 Paralympic disciplines compared to the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Note: on December 2, 2021, we will be D-1000 from the launch of the Games!