Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Emirates News Agency – Countdown to “Paris Olympics 2024” begins


  • Olympiad

PARIS, 25 July / WAM / Tomorrow, the French capital Paris will begin the countdown to the last remaining year until the kick-off of the activities of the 33rd edition of the Summer Olympics (Paris 2024), the biggest and most important event in the sports world.
The Olympics return to Paris for the centenary of the French capital, which hosted the eighth edition of the Olympics in 1924.

The 33rd Olympiad will be held from July 26 to August 11, 2024.

With 329 races and more than 10,500 male and female athletes competing in 32 different sports, the Olympic Games always attract great attention around the world, being the most important, the most important and the largest global sporting event in terms of the number of sports or the number of participants.
The Olympiad usually represents France and the capital Paris, the crown jewel of many sporting events held throughout the year.
These sporting events include the French Open (Roland Garros) tennis, the second of the four Grand Slams, the Tour de France, the world’s most powerful and famous cycling race, the Paris Marathon, the Diane Longines horse race and the Amundi Evian Championship for women’s golf.
Throughout the year Paris and many French cities are not spared from organizing championships in various sports, which fully prepares the French capital and its co-hosting sites for the Olympics in the middle of next year to receive thousands of athletes and millions of fans and followers from all over the world.
France recently hosted several major tournaments such as the 2016 European Nations Cup (Euro 2016) and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019.
When the events of the upcoming Olympics begin in Paris a year from now, Arab sports will be strong with many teams, male and female athletes representing them.
Among the Arab countries’ teams that have participated in the Olympiad so far are the United Arab Emirates national team for show jumping, which has historically qualified for the equestrian events, as well as the Saudi Arabian team for show jumping, the Egyptian and Moroccan football teams, Tunisian swimmer Ayoub El Hefnawi, and other sports.
Organizers of the Paris Olympics have already started trials for several hosting sites for the Olympics in the past. These tests will be intensified at various locations in the coming months, with preparations generally complete, pending the Flame’s journey to several locations in France to reach the capital Paris ahead of the Olympics.
Organizers confirmed that the number of tickets for the Olympic Games up to the end of last May was 6.8 million of the 10 million tickets offered for sale, as the picture of the qualification of many teams and athletes became clearer.
German Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, said in recent media reports: “I believe that the financial fees allocated for participation in the events are low compared to other sporting events, and not higher than ticket prices in previous Olympics.”
The third phase of the ticket sales process began on July 5, and includes tickets for events in other cities, some of which are co-hosting events with Paris.
For example, the city of Lille hosts basketball and volleyball events, and football matches are held in Bordeaux, Nantes, Nice, Marseille, Lyon and Saint-Etienne, and Marseille hosts sailing events.

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