Paris 2024 : The first Games to achieve complete gender equality

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On International Women’s Day (8 March), examines the advancements made toward gender equality at the Olympic Games and evaluates some of the upcoming challenges.

In recent years, the Olympic Movement has made significant progress toward gender equality.

Paris 2024 will make history as the first Olympics to achieve numerical gender parity on the field of play, featuring an equal number of female and male athletes participating in the largest sporting event in the world.

This significant accomplishment was facilitated by a multitude of initiatives spearheaded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in collaboration with various stakeholders in the Olympic Movement, including Paris 2024, International Federations, National Olympic Committees, and broadcasters.

Fencing World Champion Ysaora Thibus, who is actively involved in resolving issues of gender equality in sport, commented, “The progress is nice,” before expressing excitement for the upcoming challenges. “Everyone involved in sport, including other staff members and leaders, has a lot to improve as well.” lists some of the achievements of the Olympic Movement in the area of gender equality on International Women’s Day in 2023.

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Olympic Movement: Achievements in gender equality

Paris 1900: Four years after Athens hosted the first modern Olympics, female athletes competed in the Olympics for the first time.

1996: Enshrined in the Olympic Charter, the promotion of women becomes an IOC mission.

Tokyo 2020: The previous Games included 48.7% female athletes, making them the most gender-balanced event to date. A mere 13% of athletes were female in Tokyo 1964.

Tokyo 2020: A female flag bearer represented 91% of NOCs during the Opening Ceremony, after a rule adjustment that permitted one male and one female athlete to jointly carry their flag.

Tokyo 2020: Gender parity was attained in three sports:(freestyle wrestling, mountain biking, and BMX racing.)

Beijing 2022: The latest edition of the Olympic Winter Games achieved the highest level of gender balance to date, with 45 percent of the athletes being female.

Paris 2024: 5,250 men and 5,250 women will compete in the Games as athletes. There will be 10,500 total athletes. When it comes to the number of athletes, these Games will be the first to achieve complete gender balance.Outside 

The percentage of women in the IOC has increased to 40% from 21% at the beginning of Olympic Agenda 2020.

Youth Olympic Games: 2,000 athletes each gender competed in the Youth Games in Buenos Aires in 2018 and 936 athletes participated in the Winter Youth Games in Lausanne in 2020, achieving complete gender parity in athlete participation.

Female representation on the IOC Executive Board currently stands at 33.3 percent, an improvement from the 26.6 percent before the implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020.

Women currently hold 50% of the positions on the IOC Commissions, up from 20.3% before the Olympic Agenda 2020. In2022, women chaired a record-breaking 13 out of 31 commissions.

Further challenges for the Olympic Movement

Even if the number of athletes competing in Paris in 2024 will be equal for men and women, there is still a noticeable gender disparity in all Olympic leadership positions, including those of coach, technical official, and chef de mission. Just 13% of coaches were female in Tokyo 2020 and 9% in Beijing 2022.

The IOC has started a number of programs to address this problem, such as the WISH program (Women in Sport High Performance Pathway), which is supported by Olympic Solidarity, and collaborating with International Federations, NOCs, and Organizing Committees to increase the number of coaching positions and career pathways available to women. The program’s goal is to train one hundred female coaches in the months before Paris.

The IOC is also dedicated to taking things a step further by putting an ambitious 2021–2024 plan into action.

The IOC accepted the 21 Gender Equality and Inclusion Objectives for 2021–2024 in May of 2021. These goals include steps to help fulfill Olympic Agenda 2020+5 Recommendation 13 and expand on the progress made as part of the Olympic Agenda 2020 and the IOC Gender Equality Review Project.


Q1. Where can I buy tickets for Paris 2024?

A. Visit Parish 2024 ticket official website:

Q2. How many tickets are available?

A. Over 400,000

Q3. How much will tickets cost?

A.  One-third of the tickets will be available for €50 or less with around two-thirds priced under €100

Q4. When can I buy tickets for Paris 2024?

A. Ticket Buy to begin Thursday 30 November from 10 am CET

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