Athletes and fans gathered in front of the Paris 2024 Olympic Stadium

A great taste of Paris 2024 Olympic Games

This Sunday, June 26, the celebrations of the Olympic day (June 23) continued for the Stade de France in Saint-Deniswith an exceptional event.

Just over two years after the next Games, the organizing committee for the Paris 2024 Games organized an initiation day, with more than thirty Olympic and Paralympic sports to try, overseen by professional coaches from the national federations.

Adults and children could wrestle, skateboard, wheelchair basketball, BMX, tennis or even row and sail on the banks of the Saint-Denis Canal.

A day of discovery that stars love Camille LacourtRomane Dicko and Anne-Cecile Ciofani were able to communicate with their fans.

“I’m so excited to see this atmosphere, two years before the Games,” said the president of Paris 2024 Tony Estanguet† “For the participants, it is a unique opportunity to meet the athletes and discover all the disciplines on the program of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Here’s everything: it’s spectacular with the best French athletes showing the best of themselves, and it’s also a great opportunity to try these sports. I remember as a kid I got the chance to try different sports and I love it. †

Tony Estanguet: “The heritage of a sport practiced by a greater number”

The Olympic Day celebrations were also an opportunity to highlight one of the most important aspects of the Games: the opening.

Tens of thousands of participants gathered in front of the Stade de France, with family or friends, amid 40,000 square meters of playing field.

“From the start, we wanted the Games to be open to the majority of the population,” says Estanguet, drawing a parallel with the opening ceremony of the next Games to be held on the Seine before the eyes of around 600,000 spectators.

“For us, the success of the Paris 2024 Games will be accompanied by a spectacular celebration of sport, but also by the legacy of the practice of sport by as many people as possible, by involving them. †

“Involvement has been in our concept from the start, which is why we regularly organize these kinds of events. At the Stade de France, but also in schools in 3,000 cities across France. This commitment is fundamental to these Games. †

Anne-Cécile Ciofani: “I hope it makes you dream and gives you hope”

Participants had the chance to meet stars, eager to inspire the next generation of athletes.

the judoka Romane Dickowho won gold in mixed team judo in Tokyo 2020, as well as bronze in the +78 kg category, delighted the crowd in Saint-Denis, after the Tokyo 2020 Games without spectators.

“It’s unbelievable because in Tokyo there was no audience and to see the excitement of the French for the next Games is amazing. †

Same story for Anne-Cécile Ciofani, silver medalist in rugby in Tokyo 2020, who was named the best player in the world in 2021.

“I played wheelchair basketball and I was able to deal with children, it was very interesting. We were all on the same level. †

‘I hope it makes you dream. At least that’s the effect it had on me when I was younger and I met my idols. I hope it also gives hope, to show that it is simply possible. In my field, it’s always complicated for a woman, but it comes when you go. And I hope that by crossing the girls in the forecourt, they understood that it was possible. †

Another important point was the mix between Olympic and Paralympic sports.

“What was interesting today was being able to see sport for the able-bodied and para sports,” said Jérôme, a former wheelchair basketball coach. “Just because they’re in a wheelchair doesn’t mean they aren’t athletes. They train the same way, very hard, twice a day. They are real athletes. †

“Inspire each other”

The children and teens were able to exercise their passion and learn about other sports while meeting new people. Like Selma, a young football player from Tremblay-en-France, in Seine Saint-Denis, who tried badminton, canoeing and table tennis.

“It’s events like this that make me want to compete in the Olympics,” she said. “I like to chat with a lot of people. Gathering so many people in one place is fantastic. †

Participants were also able to attend numerous demonstrations of BMX, breaking and skateboarding, on the main stage with a climbing wall and skateboard ramp. The opportunity to present the new Olympic sports to the public and discover their culture.

“It’s an honor that France organizes breaking in Paris,” said Brice, a B-boy from Nantes who traveled to Olympic Day to participate in a breaking competition and share his passion, appearing on the Olympic program for the first time. will stand. in Paris 2024.

“I think it’s important that athletes come here to experience the culture of my sport. We were able to talk to gymnasts, who are very rigorously trained, to share our experience. †

“We were able to inspire each other. †