The Paris 2024 Organizing Committee will hold the first-ever Paralympic Day in the French capital on October 8, with sports performances, demonstrations and initiations to more than 15 Paralympic and para-sport disciplines, and a chance to meet more than 100 athletes .
Two years from the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, the Para-athletes will share their passion for sport on the famous Place de Bastille, transformed for the occasion into a vast open-air playground.
Sports and festive programs will take place between 12 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Parasports in the spotlight
Sports activities will be in the spotlight with a long jump track set up in front of the Opéra Bastille.
Germany’s Markus Rehm, Paralympic long jump champion at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, will try to push his limits and replicate his world record of 8.62m. He will be joined by Greek long jumper Stelios Malakopoulos, who competes in the T62 category.
The show will be attended by Frenchman Arnaud Assoumani, world record holder and multi-medalist in the long jump and triple jump, as well as Marie-Amélie Le Fur, Paralympic medalist in the long jump at Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo. . 2020.
Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024, Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Amelie Oudea-Catsera, Minister of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Geneviève Darrieussecq, Minister for the Disabled, and Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, will also be present.
Demonstrations will take place throughout the afternoon on three sports fields set up on Place de la Bastille. In a dedicated area, sports federations will also offer activities and introductions to more than ten Paralympic sports.
Sports are Wheelchair Basketball, Boccia, Blind Football, Wheelchair Fencing, Para Athletics, Para Rowing, Para Badminton, Para Judo, Para Table Tennis, para-triathlon and sitting volleyball.
Visitors can also experience parasports that are not part of the official Games programme, including wheelchair BMX, wheelchair handball, rock climbing and showdown.
Opportunity to meet Paralympic and Olympic athletes
Spectators will have the opportunity to meet more than 100 Paralympic and Olympic athletes.
Paralympic champions in the French capital will include para judoka Sandrine Martinet, para canoeist Nelia Barbosa, para rower Perle Bouge, para triathlete Alexis Hanquinquant and para Nordic skier Benjamin Daviet.
Martin Fourcade (biathlon), Florent Manaudou (swimming) and Romain Cannone (fencing) will be among the Olympic athletes and parasports enthusiasts participating in Paralympic Day events.
Around the July column on the main stage, Maxine and Michael Jeremiasz, Paralympic wheelchair tennis champion and presenter of the day, will be joined by athletes for parasport broadcasts.
Artus will perform comedy sketches and Fauve Hautot and Sami El Gueddari will perform dance routines. Youssef Mecheri, also known as Bboy Haiper, and Samy Barkia, known as Bboy Caesar, will dazzle the crowd with a sensational breakdance show.
A fully accessible event in the heart of Paris
The event will be fully accessible and the programs will allow as many people as possible, with or without disabilities, to enjoy the day.
The partners of Paris 2024 will also be present the same day to offer more activities to visitors: demonstrations, initiations, meetings, wheelchair obstacle courses.