Paris : an iconic setting
As the host city, Paris logically occupies 1st place on the podium with 15 Olympic venues for the 2024 Games (21 sports) and 11 competition venues for the Paralympic Games (14 sports). In addition to the existing stadiums - the Parc des Princes (football), the Arena Bercy (basketball, artistic gymnastics, trampoline and wheelchair basketball) and the Roland Garros stadium (tennis, boxing and wheelchair tennis) - new facilities are planned, such as the Arena Porte de la Chapelle, an eco-designed site with 80% green surfaces and bio-sourced materials (badminton, rhythmic gymnastics, para badminton and para power lifting).
And for the first time ever, iconic sites in the City of Light will be transformed into arenas for a total spectacle, combining heritage and sporting performance. With breakdance battles and freestyle BMX racing in the classic setting of Place de la Concorde, the finish of the cycling time trial on the Alexandre III bridge, fencing in the 1900s setting of the Grand Palais and the start of the legendary marathon in front of the neo-Renaissance façade of the Hôtel de Ville, Paris will be a party like never before!
Around Paris: the Château de Versailles and an innovative aquatic centre
The whole of the Ile-de-France region is getting ready to live to the rhythm of the athletes' exploits! The most iconic of French châteaux, Versailles, will host the equestrian, para-equestrian and pentathlon competitions. The Yves du Manoir stadium, epicentre of the 1924 Olympics, will celebrate its second Olympiad in a century with the hockey events. Inaugurated for the 1998 Football World Cup, the Stade de France in Saint-Denis will take centre stage with the rugby 7-a-side, athletics and para-athletics competitions. The new Saint-Denis Aquatic Centre, which is already breaking records, will also be a showcase for the exploits of the champions (artistic swimming, diving, water polo): it is the largest solar farm in France, with 5,000 m² of photovoltaic panels, and a showcase of French know-how, with its interior fittings made from recycled products.
Lille: the opportunity (1 hour by train from Paris)
Seven years after the World Handball Championships, Lille is taking up the baton. The Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq will host the men's and women's handball finals during the Paris 2024 Games. A signatory to the eco-responsible charter for major sporting events, this stadium, with its spectacular architecture, stands out for its cutting-edge technology: it can switch from closed stadium mode to open mode in 30 minutes. The preliminary stages of the Olympic basketball tournament are also due to be held here, before the final stages at the Arena Bercy in Paris.
Châteauroux: a National Shooting Centre that's hitting the spot (2 hours by train from Paris)
The town on the banks of the Indre in the Centre-Val de Loire region is renowned for its bucolic setting and its monuments, including a medieval abbey and convent and a 19th-century château, and is preparing to welcome the 340 Olympic athletes and 160 Paralympic athletes competing in the shooting and para-sport events at the Paris 2024 Games. The pretty region of Berry is also a champion in this discipline: it is home to the Centre National de Tir Sportif, one of the largest in the world with its 80 hectares of land and its new building designed to host the finals of the Paris 2024 Games. No fewer than 15 Olympic shooting events and 13 Paralympic para-sport events will be held there.
Marseille: sailing regattas! (3 hours by train from Paris)
A well-oriented coastline with no currents or tides, and a fairly constant wind... With its regatta-friendly waters, Marseille, in Provence, is hoisting its sails for the 2024 Olympic Games. Some 330 competitors from 40 nations will be dropping anchor in the Roucas-Blanc Marina before setting off to compete in ten categories, from mixed double-handed dinghies (470) to new disciplines such as foil windsurfing (IQFoil) and kitesurfing.
It's a way of paying tribute to the expertise of France's leading port and a regular host of major nautical events: almost 200 regattas and other events are organised every year between the hills of La Nerthe to the north and the creeks of Marseille to the south, from Act 1 of the America's Cup to the Voiles du Vieux Port.
Football festivals in six cities
Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Nice, Marseille... These six flagship cities of French football will once again be putting on their boots for the Olympic tournament of the Paris 2024 Games, bringing together 16 men's and 11 women's teams. This will be an opportunity to rediscover the legendary stadiums of football's great eras, such as the Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium in Saint-Etienne, the oldest and the venue of the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2016, or the Beaujoire Stadium in Nantes, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2024.
The innovations in terms of architecture and environmental protection are all worth noting. The often spectacular design of the Bordeaux stadium, with its hundreds of posts evoking the Landes forest, often goes hand in hand with eco-design: roofs fitted with solar panels for the Nice stadium or the Lyon stadium, which runs on 100% renewable energy, or heat recovery and rainwater reuse for the Marseille Velodrome stadium.
Tahiti is riding the wave
It's one of the most mythical and selective waves, the one every surfing champion dreams of conquering. Part of the world championship calendar for over 20 years, the Teahupo'o wave in Tahiti will bring together the world's best surfers (men's and women's shortboard) for the discipline's second appearance at the Olympic Games. It's a grandiose spectacle designed to respect the environment, with almost all the facilities scheduled to disappear after the competition.
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