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IOC approves Paris 2024 urban sports venue

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved Paris 2024’s proposal to use Place de la Concorde as the venue for an urban sports cluster.

Place de la Concorde joins the Champs-Elysées to the Tuileries Gardens in Central Paris and will become a spectacular temporary arena in the heart of the city, showcasing Paris’ heritage and offering exceptional images of the events to a global audience.

While the exact sports and disciplines to be hosted in this new temporary venue during the Games will be confirmed in December 2020 following the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024 expects the stadium to provide a totally new experience and to attract new types of spectators.

Sports are likely to include BMX, skateboarding and sports climbing. The IOC said:

Fully aligned with Olympic Agenda 2020’s the New Norm, the unique venue concept of a temporary multi-sport venue in the heart of the city is expected to be cost- and operationally efficient. This once again exemplifies Paris’ commitment to Olympic Agenda 2020 and its New Norm.

It also builds upon the innovations made to the Olympic programme for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, which will be showcased in a new urban park – Waterfront City – as well as Paris 2024’s proposed addition of breaking to its Games programme.