France has officially become the next host of the Paralympic Games for the first time in its history following the Closing Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which saw Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, receive the Paralympic flag from the Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike. All the Paris 2024 stakeholders thank the organisers of the Tokyo Games for allowing the world to experience these historic Games, organized in exceptional circumstances.
A ceremony reflecting the inspirational force of Paralympic athletes
For its first Paralympic ceremony, Paris 2024 aimed to bring an artistic dimension to the determination and excellence demonstrated by the Paralympic athletes.
The artists involved in the ceremony offered viewers around the world exceptional performances: from the hypnotic choreography of Sadeck Berrabah, accompanied by Oxandre Peckeu, a young man with a revolutionary prosthetic arm alongside a team of 126 dancers including amateurs and professionals with and without disabilities; to a musical mix by Pone, an iconic member of the Fonky Family crew in the 1980s who has since been diagnosed with ALS, and who produced his performance entirely through the movement of his eyes.
Paris 2024 also wanted to enable French people to participate in the ceremony, which included a sign-signing interpretation of the Marseillaise by Betty Moutoulamaya, who spontaneously contacted the Organising Committee with a request to take part. The public were likewise invited to share the joy of the French Paralympic medalists returning from Tokyo, who were present on the stage of the ‘Live des Jeux’ live site in the company of Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024, and several of their teammates from the Olympic Games. Like the choice of a single emblem for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, this united team reflects Paris 2024’s determination to bring the same level of ambition and passion to both sides of the project.
The ceremony concluded with a spectacular image of the Eiffel Tower sporting a blade in place one of its feet and with a purple flag featuring the Paris 2024 emblem flying proudly from its summit – a reference to the #WeThe15 campaign led by the IPC. It is at the foot of this spectacular Paris landmark that Blind Football, Para Judo and Wheelchair Rugby will be hosted in 2024. The Eiffel Tower will be one of the iconic venues of the Paris 2024 Games, which will offer an extraordinary showcase for the athletes.
With three years to go to this historic first Paralympic Summer Games in France, Paris 2024 is ready to put its incredible playground at the athletes, sport and the Games.
A nation-wide Olympic and Paralympic flag tour starting on September 8th to welcome the Games to France
The Paralympic Flag handed to the Mayor of Paris in the Tokyo Olympic Stadium will officially return to France on September 6th, accompanied by the final returning athletes from the French Paralympic team.
In order to celebrate the arrival of the Games throughout France, a national Olympic and Paralympic Flag tour will begin on Wednesday 8th September. It will allow to energy of the Games to be shared throughout the country and offer a chance for the public to celebrate with the athletes. The tour will be launched in Seine-Saint-Denis, with the first phase including around 20 dates between now and mid-October. It will subsequently continue until 2024.