By Sharon Robb
PARIS, France, July 26, 2022—Let the countdown begin for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Because of the year’s delay to Tokyo 2020 caused by the pandemic, it seems like only yesterday when Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky were tearing it up in the pool. Now the spectacle returns in only two years when the best athletes in the world, including several from South Florida, compete on one of the world’s biggest sports stages beginning July 26.
A hundred years after last hosting the Olympics, the French capital will again host the Olympics and Paralympic Games. Many events will take place in iconic locations in the heart of the city including the Opening Ceremony along the River Seine when athletes will be paraded on boats down the river as an expected 600,000 spectators witness the event.
“The DNA of Paris 2024 is about sport, it is athlete-centered,” said Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet. “We want to offer the best sporting conditions to our community of athletes.”
Thirty-two sports, featuring 329 events, will be held over 18 days of competition through August 11th.
Olympic officials announced the official Paris 2024 slogan which they said reflects a new era of the Olympic Games. The official slogan is “Games Wide Open.”
Estanguet released the slogan on Monday as part of the kickoff.
“Games Wide Open” is the shared slogan for both the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games,” he said. “Above all, since the beginning of this adventure, it is the ambition that drives us and inspires each of our actions.
“It is an invitation to the world to come and experience new emotions together. Our Games are the commitments of new experiences and big thrills. New disciplines, outdoor competitions in the heart of Paris, a unique Opening Ceremony on the Seine, the Marathon for all so that everyone can run this iconic Olympic event like the athletes.
“It’s a power. The power to open our hearts and minds, to stop seeing differences as obstacles. The power to write the greatest collective story of a whole generation, through everyone’s contribution, by giving room for everyone: all the territories, the expertise, and all those who wish to join us.
“To deliver inspiring Games that will help take the Olympic and Paralympic Movement into a new era. Bold and creative Games that dare to take a step outside the box, to challenge the current models, our ways of seeing things, our paradigms; to give us the opportunity to come together, to be proud together, to experience together. Quite simply a Games wide open.”
The official launch of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games ticketing, including the full price list, will take place in December 2022.
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