Growing conflict won’t cancel Paris 2024
Published on November 12th, 2023
Hosts for the Olympic Games traditionally get unwanted headlines in advance of the competition, and while Paris has dealt with issues to clean the Seine River for events, the International Olympic Committee has had more attention as they deal with drama elsewhere in the world:
The Olympics have been cancelled three times in the past because of war — 1916, 1940, and 1944 — but International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said that the 2024 Olympics in Paris will not be called off because of conflicts between Russia and Ukraine in one hand and Israel against Palestine on the other hand.
“We have a very strong geopolitical tension. To say we will sacrifice the Games would be the completely wrong approach,” Bach said at a German forum.
“We have had many wars between governments and countries, but the athletes have always taken part in the Games. That is in line with the Olympic mission.
“I don’t know if we have a world war. Betraying the basic idea of sport is not possible with the International Olympic Committee. According to the United Nations definition, there are currently 28 wars in the world. Our mission is a humanitarian mission for athletes and sports. We try to take this into account. People also need something to unite them,” he emphasized. – Full report
Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Program*:
Men’s One Person Dinghy – ILCA 7 (41)
Women’s One Person Dinghy – ILCA 6 (41)
Mixed Two Person Dinghy – 470 (19)
Men’s Skiff – 49er (20)
Women’s Skiff – 49erFX (20)
Men’s Kiteboard – Formula Kite Class (20)
Women’s Kiteboard – Formula Kite Class (20)
Men’s Windsurfing – iQFoil (24)
Women’s Windsurfing – iQFoil (24)
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17 (19)
* Quota per event in parenthesis but does not include Universality Places (2 men, 2 women)
Venue: Marseille, France
Dates: July 26-August 11