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Guide to the Paris 2024 Olympics: when will Russia participate?

The Olympic Games in Paris will take place from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, August 11 – AP/Michel Euler

The 2024 Olympic Games will take place in Paris, France. It is the third time that the French capital has hosted the Summer Games; the first was in 1900 and the second in 1924, exactly 100 years ago.

For the first time, this year’s Olympic Games will have an equal number of male and female athletes, and the same number of events for everyone.

Click here for the full day-by-day program.

Telegraph Sport has also published a guide to the British athletes competing in this summer’s Games and when Team GB’s kit will be unveiled.

When will the 2024 Olympic Games be held?

The 33rd Summer Olympics – or formally the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad – run from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, August 11.

When do the Olympic Games start in Paris?

Traditionally, the opening ceremony will take place on Friday, July 26.

But there are actually four events starting before the opening ceremony: archery, football, handball and rugby sevens, which start on Wednesday 24 July.

When do the Olympic Games in Paris end?

The Olympic Games in Paris end on August 11 with the traditional closing ceremony. There are also 13 gold medals to be won on the final day.

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Olympic sports activities last 19 days, although the official period for the Paris Olympic Games is 17 days.

How many sports are there in the 2024 Olympics?

32 different sports will be contested at the Paris Olympics. This includes 28 compulsory ‘core’ sports plus up to six optional sports, decided by the hosts. In the case of Paris, the four additional sports are breakdancing – which will make its Olympic debut – in addition to skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing. The last three debuted at Tokyo 2020.

More than 10,000 athletes from 206 countries are expected to participate in 329 events in 45 sporting disciplines.

Will the Russians participate in the Olympics?

The Russian Olympic Committee remains suspended from the International Olympic Committee after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was rejected.

The IOC suspended the ROC on October 12 last year, after the ROC made a unilateral decision on October 5 to include regional sports organizations under the authority of the Ukrainian Olympic Committee as members. These regional organizations were located in areas annexed by the Russian military during the invasion of Ukraine.

CAS ruled that the IOC Board’s original decision “did not violate the principles of legality, equality, predictability or proportionality.”

The decision will not affect the ability of individual Russian athletes to participate as neutral athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, provided they meet the participation criteria imposed by the IOC.

How is Paris preparing for the Games?

By mainly raising prices.

There was controversy in November when it was announced that Paris Metro fares will double to €4 during the Games unless you have a regular travel pass. The higher costs are intended to help pay for the additional transportation required. Among other price increases, the Louvre is increasing admission prices from €17 to €22 (although the museum says this is not because of the Games). Costs for hotels and AirB&Bs are also skyrocketing, with some rentals offering up to four times their usual August rates.

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In addition, Parisians living near the Seine will face a lockdown during the opening ceremony, which will take place on and around the river, rather than in a stadium. Anyone wanting to shop, dine or visit friends in the area will have to register online and show a pass to be admitted. There will also be a no-fly zone over Paris around the time of the opening ceremony, meaning there will be no flights to and from the city’s three main airports.

Motorists will also be excluded from the areas surrounding the major sites (see below).

Olympic tickets: how do you get them and how much do they cost?

There are a total of 10 million tickets for the Games, with British supporters set to be the largest fan base outside the home country.

“Team GB is obviously performing with great expectations,” said Etienne Thobois, CEO of the Paris 2024 organisers. “We are more than happy to see the British coming to cheer on the world’s athletes. We look forward to welcoming you to Paris. It’s very close: less than three hours away [by Eurostar] and London 2012 is still in everyone’s memories. These were also inspiring Games for us. Britain is by far the first market outside France.”

One regret for organizers will be the absence of the England women’s football team – and what would have been a large fan base – after the Lionesses failed to qualify.

Tickets for the most popular Olympic events, including swimming and gymnastics, are sold out and only available through special ‘hospitality packages’. The remaining tickets for the opening ceremony are available for around €2,700 (£2,300).

Visit the official website for ticket information.

What are the Olympic medals made of?

This summer’s Olympic Games will mark the centenary of the last Games in Paris. To celebrate the return of the Games to France, each Olympic medal is embellished with an original iron piece from the Eiffel Tower. They were cut from beams and other pieces swapped from the Eiffel Tower during its renovation, and then prepared for the medals by stripping them of paint, polishing them and then varnishing them.

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The hexagonal shape of the iron pieces represents the country, with the French sometimes calling their country ‘L’Hexagone’ due to its geographical shape.

The Eiffel Tower also inspired the unique design of the ribbons for the medals, each decorated with the famous monument’s lattice work.

The Parisian jewelry house Chaumet designed the medals. Around the iron pieces of the Eiffel Tower are discs of gold, silver or bronze. The shine of the medals is due to the wrinkled effect on the discs. Game organizers say the metal is recycled and not newly minted.

The medals from the Paris 2024 Olympic Games lie on an open trunkThe medals from the Paris 2024 Olympic Games lie on an open trunk

An open trunk displays the medals from the Paris 2024 Olympic Games – Shutterstock/Teresa Saurez

Which locations are included and for which sports?

Big Paris zone

2024 Olympic Games where the following competitions will take place that will host the Summer Games of Paris, France2024 Olympic Games where the following competitions will take place that will host the Summer Games of Paris, France

A computer-generated image of the Stade de France as it could look for the 2024 Olympics – AP

Stade de France – Opening and closing ceremonies, rugby and athletics
Stade Olympique Colombes Yves-du-Manoir – Hockey
Arena 92 – Swimming, water polo
La Chapelle Arena – Badminton, gymnastics
Saint Denis – Water polo, diving, artistic swimming
Le Borget – Shooting, sport climbing

Zone Center Paris

Parc des Prinsen – Football
Roland Garros Stadium – Boxing, tennis
Expo Porte de Versailles in Paris – Indoor volleyball, basketball, table tennis, weight lifting
Arena Paris-Bercy – Artistic gymnastics and trampoline, basketball
Place de la Concorde – 3×3 basketball, break dancing, BMX freestyle, skateboarding
Pont d’Iena – Marathon swimming, marathon, race walking, cycling, road race and time trial, triathlon
Champion of Mars – Beach Volleybal
Grand Palais Ephemere – Judo, wrestling
Les Invalides – Archery

2024 Summer Olympics Paris beach volleyball Eiffel Tower2024 Summer Olympics Paris beach volleyball Eiffel Tower

A computer-generated image shows the beach volleyball venue in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris as it could look for the 2024 Olympics – AP

Versailles zone

Palace of Versailles – Equestrian, modern pentathlon
Le Golf National – Golf
Élancourt Hill – Mountain biking
Velodrome de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – Track cycling, BMX, modern pentathlon (fencing)


Lille, Stade Pierre-Mauroy – Handball
Vaires-sur-Marne, National Olympic Stadium of Île-de-France – Rowing, canoe-kayak
Marseille, Stade Velodrome – Football
Lyon, Parc Olympique Lyonnais – Football
Paris, Parc de Prinsen – Football
Bordeaux, Stade Matmut Atlantique – Football
Nice, Allianz Riviera – Football
Nantes, Stade de la Beaujoire – Football
Marseille, Port de la Pointe Rouge – The sailing
Tahiti, French Polynesia, Debarcadere Teahupoo – Surf

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