City of Paris to give away 105,000 Olympic and Paralympic Games tickets

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The City of Paris is set to give away around 105,000 tickets for this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games to disadvantaged people.

The capital has obtained 55,000 for the Olympic Opening Ceremony on July 26 and another 50,000 for sporting events at both the Olympics and Paralympics.

For the curtain-raiser, 35,000 people from disadvantaged families will be invited. A further 20,000 will be offered to Parisian residents or traders impacted by the Games.

With the 50,000 competition tickets, 47% will go towards young people and those deemed “in precarious situations”. 18% will then be given to athletes in the city while 28% are to be used as a gesture of thanks to those who contribute to the Games such as volunteers. The remaining 7% are for public and international relations purposes and will go to elected officials and foreign delegations.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity and an honour for our association,” said Mathieu Pradel, director of Tatane, which helps young people through football.

“For the young people we follow, it is a unique experience and a great event that we will be able to share together.

“Using passion for football to create social connections. We use football as a unifying starting point. For example, we are developing sewing activities to customise football jerseys!”

It is not the first time that the City of Paris has provided tickets for disadvantaged people.

In 2023, more than 15,000 tickets were handed out for the Rugby World Cup, Wheelchair Rugby World Cup, and the World Para Athletics Championships.

Paris 2024 is the first edition of the Olympic Games to take place in the city in 100 years and is due to run from July 26 to August 11. The Paralympics are then set to follow from August 28 to September 8.