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Get Set for Beach Volleyball at the Bottom of the Eiffel Tower

Get Set for Beach Volleyball at the Bottom of the Eiffel Tower
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Sport and heritage will be brought together in wondrous ways as France formally becomes the host nation of the next Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games (the Games of the 33rd Olympiad)

Rupali Dean
August 09 , 2021
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Exactly 100 years after France’s previous Summer Games, Paris will see another prominent sports episode planned in the country, running from July 26 until August 11, 2024. France has received the flag from Tokyo at a sparkling Closing Ceremony on August 8, 2021.

Paris will be the first entirely gender-balanced and carbon-neutral Olympics, and the first-ever Olympic events open to all-purpose public participation. Apart from sport climbing, skateboarding, and surfing which have made their Olympic debut in Tokyo, new sports will be added to the Paris line-up - for instance, a competitive form of breakdancing. This brings the official number of Olympic sports to 32.

In the essence of relinking societies and distributing the Games with as many individuals as possible, Paris will also be the first in Olympic history to embrace a civic version of the
marathon and road cycling events, where associates of the public can apply to follow in the athletes’ ways on the same day and course as the medal races. There will also be novel ceremony notions, like carrying the festivities to people in public spaces rather than in a solitary stadium.

Paris 2024 will also validate creativity and inclusivity in terms of venues, supporting not only the capital’s old-style sports venues but also its attractive landmarks, as well as metropolises in other parts of France and the Overseas Territories. Sport and heritage will be transported together in unpredicted ways. Get ready to see beach volleyball at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, archery alongside Les Invalides, BMX freestyle on Place de la Concorde, taekwondo at the Grand Palais and equestrian masteries at the Chateau de Versailles.

The cities of Bordeaux, Marseille Lyon, Nantes and Nice and will host football matches – Nice will also have army sailing – and the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia will see surfing make its Olympic début. These will be universally responsible Games, amplifying the use of current set-up for 95% of needs and only erecting facilities that are required by the local population – meaning that the carbon footprint of Paris 2024 will be half that of former Games in France.


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