What We Already Know About the 2024 Olympics

 

The 2024 Summer Olympics, also known as the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad or Paris 2024 is the forthcoming coming international multi-sport event scheduled to take place beginning 26th July to 11th August 2024 in Paris, France.

Paris last hosted Olympics in 1900 and will be the second city to host the Olympics three times, second to London (1908, 1948 and 2012). 2024 marks the Centenary of the 1924 Paris Games and the third France-hosted Olympic Games. These games were in summer and winter each.

Five cities submitted bids for these Olympic Games in 2015. Of the five cities, three withdrew their bids leaving Los Angeles and Paris in Contention. Learn more about these 2024 Olympic Games below in the article.

What We Already Know About the 2024 Olympics
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Bidding Process

Five cities submitted their candidature to host the 2024 Olympics Games. These cities are Hamburg, Paris, Budapest, Rome and Los Angeles. Three of these cities withdrew because of political uncertainty and cost. Hamburg withdrew from the bidding process on 29th November 2015 after having a referendum. 

On 21st September 2016, Italy also withdrew its bid citing fiscal difficulties while Budapest withdrew its bid on 22 February 2017 after a petition against the motion gathered more signatures.

After the withdrawals, the International Olympic Committee met in Lausanne, Switzerland to deliberate the 2024 and 2028 bid processes. They then agreed on selecting the 2024 and 2028 Olympic host cities at the same time. Los Angeles was elected as the sole candidate for the 2028 Olympics host while Paris won the 2024 Olympic host city.

Sports

The International Olympic Committee established the Olympics concept including 28 sports. These include 25 permanent ‘core’ sports and 3 additional ones selected for each individual games’ season. The IOC added wrestling to the 2020 and 2024 games Olympic program. 

However, in August 2016,  five more sports were added to the 2020 Olympics by the IOC, with the intention of separately evaluating the existing 28 sports. In September 2017, during the 131st IOC session, the IOC approved the 28 Rio 2016 program sports for Paris 2024 while at the same time inviting the Paris Organizing Committee to hand in a maximum of five additional sports for consideration.

Venues

Most of the Olympics proceedings will take place in and around Paris including the suburbs of Le Bourget, Saint-Denis, Nanterre, Versailles and Vaires-sur-Marne which is just outside the Paris city environs. On the other hand, surfing and sailing events will take place in the remote coastal resorts of Teahupo’o and Marseille respectively. 

Football will take place in different cities around France. France is building a new venue called Saint-Denis where swimming and other aquatic sports will take place.

Participating National Olympic Committees

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned Russia from participating in all international sports for four years. This was sparked by WADA realizing that the Russian government tampered with the lab data they provided to WADA as a condition for the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. 

Jonathan Taylor, WADA Compliance Review Committee head stated that the IOC would not use ‘Olympic Athletes from Russia’ (OAR) as it did in 2018, emphasizing that neutral athletes would not be portrayed as representing Russia.

What We Already Know About the 2024 Olympics
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Hijab Ban

In February 2019, a group of French feminists called on the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games organizers to ban the hijab and other Islamic clothing items during the games so that female Muslim athletes can participate free from religious restrictions. 

This is similar to the 2010 ban on full-face veils by the French government that caused a lot of controversy and ended up being challenged by the European Court of Human Rights.

Broadcasting Rights

Domestic rights to the 2024 Summer Olympics in France are owned by Discovery inc. via Eurosport. They have free-to-air coverage sublicensed to France Television, the country’s public broadcaster. 

These are the final Olympics to be broadcast by SBS in South and North Korea. Beginning with the 2026 Winter Olympics, JBTC will assume all broadcasting rights. 

Conclusion

The 2024 Olympics will take place in Paris, France and the games will commence on 26th July to 11th August 2024. The main stadium is Stade de France, however other events will take place on the outskirts of Paris city. Having been an Olympic host in 1900 and 1924, Paris is the second city to host the Olympics three times.