The 33rd Summer Olympic Games will be held in Paris this summer. The city hosts the largest multi-sport sporting event for the third time after 1900 and 1924. The most important questions and answers about the 2024 Olympic Games.

When will the 2024 Olympic Games take place?

The Olympic Games begin on July 26 with the opening ceremony and end on August 11. But the rugby, handball and soccer team tournaments start two days before the official opening and the goalkeepers also start earlier.

After the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games will also be held in Paris from August 28 to September 8.

In which stadiums and competition venues do athletes compete?

95% of the competition facilities are already built, so very few new buildings needed to be built for the Olympic Games. The two largest new buildings are the La Chapelle Arena, where badminton and rhythmic gymnastics are practiced, and the Aquatic Center, where, among other things, diving is practiced.

Paris also wants to present its emblematic monuments for the Olympic Games. For example, beach volleyball players play for the gold medal at the foot of the Eiffel Tower or soccer players play in the famous Parc des Princes stadium. In the Place de la Concorde it's all about victory for break dancers, skaters, BMX cyclists and 3×3 basketball players. Basically, this year there will be a second Grand Slam for the tennis players, as they will compete at the Roland Garros facilities, where the French Open is also held. Boxers also compete there.

Not all competitions take place in Paris. Handball players play in Lille, cyclists fight for medals in the Palace of Versailles and surfing competitions are not even held there French Continental: They are held in the French overseas territory of Tahiti in the Indian Ocean.

Where will the opening ceremony take place in Paris?

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, the tournament will not open in a stadium. The opening ceremony, however, will take place in the heart of the French metropolis, on the banks of the Seine. Athletes and officials will be transported across the city's river on July 26 in more than 160 boats more than six kilometers long.

More than 300,000 people are expected along the route, which would be a new record for an opening ceremony. To offer the public the best vision, 80 screens and speakers will be installed.

By the way, the closing ceremony will not take place in a stadium, but in the Trocadero park with views of the Eiffel Tower.

How many sports are there in the Paris Olympic Games?

A total of 329 gold medals will be awarded in 32 sports. This means that the number of competitions has decreased slightly compared to Tokyo (339). A new addition is breakdancing, also known as breakdancing. Baseball/softball and karate are no longer included.

How many athletes will participate in the 2024 Olympic Games?

As in Tokyo, approximately 11,200 athletes from around the world will participate in the Olympic Games. According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), for the first time in Paris as many women as men should participate. Germany will send between 420 and 450 athletes.

Russian athletes can also participate in the Olympic Games again. However, as in recent years, the flag does not appear below the flag. Russianbut a neutral flag.

How do I get tickets for the Paris Olympic Games?

A total of 10 million tickets will be offered for the different competitions. The organizers want to offer more than half of them for less than 50 euros. But especially at popular events like the 100m final, spectators have to dig especially deep into their pockets. A ticket here costs up to 950 euros. Only the opening ceremony is more expensive: 2,700 euros in the highest category. Tickets can only be purchased through the official website of the Olympic Games be bought.

Where will the Olympic Games be broadcast on German television?

The rights for the European market belong to the Discovery group, but ARD and ZDF have acquired a sublicense for the 2024 tournament and it will be live for more than 1,500 hours on TV and transferred to your online media libraries.

What are the medals like in Paris?

The design of the medals has recently been presented, which contain an authentic piece of the French symbol par excellence. Each of the 5,084 Summer Olympic and Paralympic medals was decorated with an original piece of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in the center. But whoever now thinks that iron was taken from the Eiffel Tower for so many medals, can rest assured. The hexagonal iron piece comes from a warehouse where remains of the tower are kept. These have been removed over the years for maintenance purposes. The gold, silver and bronze medals have grooves around the Eiffel Tower that are intended to resemble rays of the sun.

What is the mascot of the Olympic Games?

This year's mascot duo for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is called “Phryges” and represents the “Phrygian cap” (also known as the “Jacobin cap”), which is inextricably linked to the French Revolution of 1789, not only in France. . On the sides, the duo shows off the colors of the French flag, the tricolor.