Paris 2024 and stakeholders reaffirm commitment to Paralympic integration strategy

The Paris 2024 Board of Directors met on 30 March, at the Organising Committee’s headquarters, to receive updates on the Organising Committee’s Paralympic integration strategy, which aims to make the Games and sport a vehicle for social change 31 Mar 2023
A mock-up image of a pyro show in which people standing in the formation of an Agitos sign hold up lights in the Place de la Concorde.
One of the Organising Committee's key commitments is organising a top-level sporting event that captures the audience's imagination, such as through the first Opening Ceremony to be held outside a stadium.
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By Paris 2024 and IPC

With just over 500 days to go until the opening of the Paralympic Games, Paris 2024 and all of its stakeholders reaffirmed their collective commitment and ambition to ensure that the first Paralympic Summer Games to be held in France are a great moment of celebration that leaves a strong legacy for the inclusion of people with disabilities.  

The Paris 2024 Board of Directors received an update on the Organising Committee’s Paralympic integration strategy, which aims to create the conditions required to put on an exceptional sporting spectacle with inclusion at its heart by making sport a vehicle for social change. 

The Paris 2024 organisers reiterated the three key commitments that were made during the bid phase, as well as the practical measures they have taken, with the support of all the project’s stakeholders, to ensure the Paralympic Games are a success.

1. Top-level sporting event

Consolidate the Paralympic Games as a top-level sporting event, with the choice of highly symbolic, spectacular competition venues that will enable Paralympic sports to be celebrated right in the heart of Paris. For example, wheelchair fencing and Para taekwondo will be held at the Grand Palais and Para archery on the Esplanade des Invalides.

Paris 2024 will also present the first Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony to be held outside a stadium, stretching from the foot of the Champs-Elysees to the Place de la Concorde.

In order to ensure that the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games catch the public's imagination like never before, media coverage of the event will be unprecedented, with a record 300 hours of airtime on France Televisions and Paralympic Games awareness courses aimed at national media already underway in partnership with the French Paralympic and Sports Committee (CPSF).

Moreover, in order to help build and broaden the Paralympic Games fanbase, the spectator journey will be based on accessibility, a dedicated ticketing platform and an unforgettable stadium experience.  

2. Support growth of Para sports

Support the growth of Paralympic sports and showcase Paralympic athletes, with young people’s awareness of Paralympic sports heightened through the organisation of Olympic and Paralympic Week (OPW).

Held each year since 2016 in partnership with the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Higher Education, around 95% of OPW projects include a disability awareness aspect. The seventh edition, to be held in the first week of April 2023, will focus on the theme of inclusion.

Support for local Paralympic sport projects and initiatives is also provided through the Paris 2024 endowment fund: 10% of the projects supported are exclusively dedicated to accessibility or promoting the participation of people with disabilities in sport. They include the project to develop inclusive sports clubs in cooperation with the CPSF, the City of Paris and the Department of Seine-Saint-Denis, which the government has announced will be expanded in order to create 3,000 inclusive clubs by 2024.

The staging of the Paralympic Games in France also provides an opportunity to set a new benchmark for event organisation by developing the ISO 20121 standard for accessibility and inclusion. This process was successfully launched on the inaugural Paralympic Day, when the accessibility measures taken were praised by the French standardisation association, AFNOR. 

3. Recognition of Paralympic brand

Enhance the recognition and value of the Paralympic brand, firstly through an unprecedented integration strategy with a combined French national team, emblem and slogan.

Secondly, through the desire to increase the visibility of the Paralympic Movement by successfully organising the inaugural Paralympic Day at the Place de la Bastille in Paris in October 2022 and designing a Paralympic mascot with a running blade, making it the first Games mascot with a visible disability. 

Calls for proposals

The Paris 2024 Board of Directors also adopted the strategic guidelines and budget of the Paris 2024 endowment fund for the 2023-2024 period.

By renewing the existing calls for proposals, Paris 2024, the French government, local authorities, the sports movement and partner companies are staying true to their ambition to strengthen the social impact of sport.  

The Paris 2024 Board of Directors expressed its wish to continue supporting the winning projects from previous editions as a priority in order to maximise their impact and long-term potential. It welcomed the commitment of the co-funding bodies that are supporting the future of these projects and thus already beginning to leave a sustainable legacy that will last beyond the Games. 

A total budget of 4.95 million euro was adopted to fund projects with a strong social impact during the 2023-2024 period.