The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved the event programme and athlete quotas for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, which are centered on gender equality and youth.
Skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing and breaking were confirmed as additional sports proposed by the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee. This new flexibility is part of the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020. Today’s decision will help to make the Olympic Games Paris 2024 fit for a post-corona world.
In accordance with the recommendations of the Olympic Programme Commission, the main features of Paris 2024’s Olympic programme include:
- Exactly 50 per cent male and female participation, following on from the gender equality already achieved for Tokyo 2020, which will have 48.8 per cent female participation.
- Growth of mixed gender events, from 18 to 22, compared to Tokyo 2020.
- Skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing and breaking confirmed as additional sports based on a proposal by Paris 2024. Breaking will make its Olympic debut.
- Reduction in the overall athlete quota (including all-new sports) to exactly 10,500.
- Reduction in the overall number of events, with a final programme of 329 events.
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The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 next year will be the first gender-equal Olympic Games, with an overall 48.8 per cent female participation, which will be further increased at Paris 2024, reaching the exact same number of male and female athletes for the first time in Olympic history.
Athletics, boxing and cycling will reach full gender equality for the first time ever at Paris 2024, meaning 28 out of 32 sports on the Paris 2024 programme will be fully gender-balanced.
Paris 2024 will also mark growth in mixed events on the programme, compared to Tokyo 2020, from 18 to 22.
The 10,500-athlete quota set for Paris 2024, including new sports, will lead to an overall reduction in the number of athletes – 592 fewer compared to Tokyo 2020 (11,092). It will also lead to a reduction in the number of officials, and therefore in the overall size and complexity of the Games.
The reduction across the 28 sports has been proportionate and focused on those sports that can best absorb the reduction, whilst maintaining the universality of the Games.
The IOC EB praised the commitment of World Athletics to reach full gender equality in both athlete quotas and event numbers. However, with a view to not increasing the overall size of the Olympic Games, the EB determined to maintain the same number of athletics events on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic programme (48), while offering the opportunity to World Athletics to replace the men’s 50km race walk event with a new mixed-gender event.
The IOC EB supported the introduction of the new mixed kiteboarding and the mixed 470 - two-person dinghy events but decided to further review the mixed offshore event in order to properly assess the key considerations around the cost, safety and security of the athletes.
The specific event proposal will be decided by 31 May 2021.