— Published 22 November 2021

First records for the Paralympic Games

A new step was taken at the end of last week in the preparation of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. The organising committee and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have validated the programme of events. It will include 549 events, a record since the creation of the Paralympic movement, in 22 sports, for an estimated 4,400 athletes. Another record: 235 women’s events will be contested in 2024, eight more than at the Tokyo 2020 Games. This figure represents a 28% increase over the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. Of the 4,400 athletes, at least 1,859 will be women, at least 77 more than in Tokyo. This figure, also a record, could be further increased with the 339 mixed quotas planned for Paris in 2024. Beyond the participation figures, the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games programme shows several changes:

  • Para badminton will have 16 medals, two more than at the Tokyo Games. Para taekwondo will see its number of events increase from 6 to 10 and its quotas increase by 66%.
  • Boccia will have a total of 11 events (instead of 7 in Tokyo): 4 men’s, 4 women’s and 3 mixed
  • Para canoeing and para triathlon, which appeared in Rio 2016, will also see an increase in the number of events (10 and 11 respectively) compared to Tokyo 2020.
  • Quotas for female athletes will increase in Paris in more than 10 Paralympic disciplines compared to the Tokyo 2020 Games.