Paris Olympics 2024: Dates, events and more

Here are some dates of events at the 2024 Paris Olympics

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Opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics 2024 is on July 26. — Reuters
Opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics 2024 is on July 26. — Reuters

France is all set to host the Paris Olympics 2024 with thousands of sportspeople scheduled to meet each other in the capital city for the biggest-ever Summer Games in July.

To mark the start of the event, the flame in the Greek city was also lit on Monday in the Temple of Hera, Olympia.

According to the organisers, they are expecting full stadiums and a glamorous opening ceremony in the heart of the city along its main artery: the Seine River.

The flame was lit by actresses in the attire of priestesses at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics and will start in a relay to light the cauldron, marking the commencement of the Games.

The earliest games recorded in history were in 776 BC. 

In the ancient Olympia, the flame was considered to burn continuously on a shrine, showing the eternal spirit of the Games.

Initially, the first relay is a 5,000-kilometre path across Greece that will take more than 11 days, with over 600 torchbearers from star athletes and other members of the masses.

The flame will leave for Marseille on board a three-masted ship, the Belem. — Reuters
The flame will leave for Marseille on board a three-masted ship, the "Belem". — Reuters

It will end at Panathenaic Stadium in Athens where the flame will be handed over to the Paris Olympic organisers.

The flame will leave for Marseille on board a three-masted ship, the "Belem", where around 150,000 people are expecting it.

It is anticipated to arrive in France on May 8, kickstarting the second round of the relay. It will continuously burn until the closing ceremony.

How many times Paris hosted Olympics?

Paris is hosting the Olympics for the third time after 1900 and 1924.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said in his speech: "The Olympic flame will shine over the first Olympic Games inspired by our Olympic Agenda reforms from start to finish. These Olympic Games will be younger, more inclusive, more urban, more sustainable."

Bach added: "These will be the very first Olympic Games with full gender parity, because the IOC allocated exactly 50 percent of the places to female and male athletes."

Where will Paris Olympics 2024 games start?

The opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics 2024 is on July 26.

Initially, the first competitions of the Paris Olympics 2024 will commence with group-stage matches in men's soccer and rugby on July 24.

The first men's game starts at 3pm local time (9am ET).

Other sports activities will also start the following day but the formal commencement will take place on July 26.

What is schedule of the Paris Olympics 2024?

The games will formally start on July 26 and conclude on August 11.

Among other games, gymnastics and swimming will be among the top sports in the first half of the schedule, with track and field among the most popular sports following in the second half, according to USA Today.

Here are some dates of events at the 2024 Paris Olympics:

  • July 30: Women's gymnastics (team final)
  • August 1: Women's gymnastics (individual all-around final)
  • August 3: Women's swimming (800-meter freestyle), and Women's track and field (100-meter final)
  • August 4: Men's track and field (100-meter final)
  • August 10: Men's basketball (gold-medal game); Women's soccer (gold-medal game)
  • August 11: Women's basketball (gold-medal game)

Where and how to watch Paris Olympics?

You can watch the games on different NBC-affiliated channels as the outlet has said to televise "at least nine hours of daytime Olympic coverage on NBC for the duration of the Games, including live broadcasts of key finals."

You can also watch it on the streaming service Peacock