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2024 Paralympics: Dates, events, venues, history & more

The 2024 Games in Paris will be the 17th Paralympics, with the first tournament having taken place back in 1960 in Rome.

There will be no fewer than 549 events across 22 sports – the same number as there were in Tokyo four years ago.

The opening ceremony will take place at the Place de la Concorde on Wednesday 28th August, with 10 days of action before the closing ceremony at the Stade de France on Sunday, 8th September.

2024 Paralympic venues

There will be 18 venues used across the French capital for the 2024 Paralympics, with the 77,000 all-seater Stade de France to host the Track and Field.

The multi-purpose Paris La Defense Arena indoor arena will be the venue for the Swimming events, while the Porte de La Chapelle Arena will host both Badminton and Powerlifting.

The area of Clichy-sous-Bois will host the road Cycling, with North Paris Arena the venue for the sitting Volleyball while the Para-marathon will start at the Parc Georges Valbon.

The Bercy Arena is in the Paris Centre zone and will be the venue for the Wheelchair Basketball, while the Grand Palais Ephemere exhibition hall hosts both the Judo and Wheelchair Rugby.

The Archery competitions will be held at Les Invalides, while Grand Palais is the venue for Taekwondo and Wheelchair Fencing and the Triathlon will take place in the Pont Alexandre III area.

Stade Roland Garros – home of the French Open – will host the Wheelchair Tennis, while Boccia, Table Tennis and Goalball will be at the South Paris Arena – which holds around 9,000 spectators.

The Gardens of the Palace of Versailles will be the venue for the Para Equestrian, while the Para Canoe and Rowing will be at Vaires-sur-Marne.

The Velodrome de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines will host the track Cycling, while the Shooting competitions will be at the National Shooting Centre.

2024 Paralympic prize money

Athletes won’t receive any prize money for competing in the Paralympics.

How to watch the 2024 Paralympics & TV channel

Viewers in the UK will be able to watch over 80 hours of action from the 2024 Paralympics on Channel 4, while the channel’s YouTube page will also offer free coverage.

Which sports are at the 2024 Paralympics?

There will be 22 different sports at the 2024 Games, after six bids failed for extra events to be added.

Below is an alphabetical list of sports that will feature in Paris….

  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Boccia
  • Cycling (Track and Road)
  • Equestrian
  • Football (5-a-side)
  • Goalball
  • Judo
  • Para-canoe
  • Para-triathlon
  • Powerlifting
  • Rowing
  • Shooting
  • Sitting Volleyball
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Wheelchair Fencing
  • Wheelchair Rugby
  • Wheelchair Tennis

New sports at the 2024 Paralympics

There are no new sports at the 2024 Paralympics, with the same events lined up for Paris as there were in Tokyo four years ago.

How many medals can be won at the 2024 Paralympics?

There will be 549 gold medals available to win at this summer’s Games. China finished top of the medal chart four years ago, after collecting 41 golds.

British Athletes to watch at the 2024 Paralympics

Wheelchair racer Hannah Cockcroft will head to the French capital looking to add to her seven gold medals won over the last three Paralympics.

The Yorkshire athlete has already won medals at the World Para Athletics Championships this year and will expect more success on the track in Paris.

Stephen Clegg will be competing in the pool in his third Paralympics and looking for his first gold medal.

The 28-year-old won bronze in the 100m backstroke and freestyle S12 event in Tokyo in 2020 and then collected silver in the 100m butterfly – can he go one better in Paris?

Sarah Storey is the most successful British Paralympian of all time, winning 17 gold medals in both track and road cycling.

At the age of 46, she is looking to defend her three titles from Tokyo (pursuit C5, road race C4-5 and road time trial C5) in Paris.

International Athletes to watch at the 2024 Paralympics

Jessica Long is a five-time Paralympian, who has already amassed 29 medals and is planning to take part again in 2024.

The American first competed in the 2004 Games at the age of just 12 and is training hard to prove that she can be a swimming champion once more.

Germany’s Markus Rehm is looking to win a fourth consecutive long jump gold medal at the Paris 2024 Games. In 2023, Rehm broke the T64 class world record, with a jump of 8.64m.

Wheelchair tennis star Tom Egberink won bronze and silver medals on the court in 2020 and will look to add a gold to his collection in 2024. 

The Dutchman – the 2021 Wimbledon winner – lost in the men’s singles final in Tokyo to Shingo Kunieda, who has since retired.

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