While the battle for Olympic qualification for Paris continues at the Grand Slam tournament in Ulaanbaatar (MGL) from Friday, the French metropolis with its eleven million inhabitants is gearing up for the biggest sporting event in the world. There are still exactly 400 days until the opening ceremony on the river Seine.
The most important facts and figures at a glance:
- Judo is one of a total of 28 sports.
- 372 judoka from more than 120 nations are expected (186 women and 186 men).
- Medals will be contested in 14 weight categories, with one women’s and one men’s category per day.
- On the 8th and last day of the competition, the mixed team competition will be held – with the host nation as defending champion.
- The competition venue will be the temporary “Champs de Mars Arena”, right next to the Eiffel Tower – with a seating capacity of 9,500 people (including media representatives and VIPs). The wood and steel structure will be dismantled a few months after the Games.
- All in all, 10,500 athletes will compete in 329 events at the Olympic Summer Games in Paris.
- A good 660,000 meals per day will be served in the Olympic Village.
- 9.7 million tickets are in circulation, almost seven million have already been sold.
- 31,500 volunteers will ensure that everything runs smoothly.
- The official slogan of the Games is “Games Wide Open”. Double Olympic champion Clarisse Agbegnenou sums it up: “We welcome the whole world to Paris. For me it’s a dream come true.”
Author: EJU Media