— Published 25 April 2023

Paris has already done better than Tokyo

The Paris 2024 OCOG can rub its hands together: its recruitment operation for volunteers for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has started with a bang. One week before the closing date for applications, more than 200,000 applications have already been submitted on the official platform (the platform was officially opened on March 22). The figure was revealed by Bruno Marie-Rose, the head of technology within the OCOG, on the sidelines of the inauguration of the test center of the Games of the French group Atos. According to the former sprinter, the number of applications is already higher than that of the Tokyo 2020 Games, where 200,000 applicants had been registered for 60,000 places. For the Paris 2024 Games, the organizing committee has set its needs at 45,000 volunteers – including about 3,000 with disabilities – a figure that includes volunteers selected through national summer Olympic sports federations. Applicants have until May 3 to register on the recruitment platform. To apply, they must be at least 18 years old on January 1, 2024, speak French or English, and be available for at least ten consecutive days throughout the Olympic and/or Paralympic Games. Candidates will be informed of their attribution, or of the failure of their approach, between September and December 2023.