The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has confirmed that the 2024 summer Paralympic Games in Paris, France, will now take place from August 28 to September 9 in an effort to maximize exposure for the event.
The Games had been due to run from September 4-15, but the earlier dates will mean that the first part of the event will now take place in the latter part of the school holidays.
The IPC announced the decision today (Wednesday) after reaching an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Paris 2024 local organising committee.
IPC president Andrew Parsons (pictured) said: “The change of date for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games is hugely advantageous and will allow maximum exposure and awareness for the event.”
Meanwhile, the IPC has also confirmed that Fuji International Speedway will host all road cycling events at the 2020 summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Located near to the Tokyo metropolitan area, the venue is regularly used to stage major motorsport events. It was confirmed last month that the circuit will serve as the finishing point of the road cycling race and additionally as the venue for the road cycling individual time trials at the 2020 Olympic Games.
With this approval, all 22 venues for the 2020 Paralympic Games have now been finalised. In total, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place across 42 venues, including eight permanent sites, 25 existing facilities and 10 temporary venues.
Elsewhere, the IPC has issued an update on this year’s winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, which will run from March 9-18.
Speaking after today’s board meeting, Parsons said that the organisation expects the event to be “record-breaking” in a number of areas.
“Throughout the board meeting there was an air of excitement regarding the start of the Paralympic Winter Games,” Parsons said.
“Final preparations are going very well and it looks like the PyeongChang 2018 will be record-breaking in many areas. I’m also greatly encouraged by ticket sales, which now have exceeded 275,000.”