Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a ground breaking move, the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relay will witness a historic shift, transforming into a team-based spectacle to symbolize the essence of sport’s energy and teamwork.
For the first time in the annals of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, teams of 24 individuals will carry the torch, creating a memorable experience for participants and spectators alike. These teams, comprising champions, athletes, volunteers, referees, coaches, and representatives from the 34 Olympic and Paralympic Federations, as well as the Tahiti Surfing Federation hosting the surfing events, will showcase the unity and diversity of the sporting community.
A total of 69 team relays are scheduled during the Olympic Torch Relay, with each team relay featuring 24 individuals representing the people deeply involved in various aspects of sports. This innovative approach also aims to raise awareness of Paralympic sports.
In collaboration with the French Paralympic and Sports Committee, six teams will be organized for the Paralympic Torch Relay, each centred around themes related to the Paralympic Movement.
Throughout the Team Relays, the public is invited to share moments of camaraderie, emotion, and sportsmanship, immersing themselves in the values of sharing and teamwork that epitomize the world of sports and the Games.
The Team Relays of the Paris 2024 Torch Relay will unfold in spectacular locations, with Sisteron’s Rock, Compiègne Castle Park, Troyes, Bagnolet, Lascaux IV, Guyancourt, Mount Saint-Michel, Omaha Beach, Les Sables-d’Olonne, Gruissan, Biarritz, La Torche in Finistère de Bretagne, and Teahupo’o Beach in French Polynesia serving as picturesque backdrops.
The Paris 2024 Organising Committee has announced some of the team relay captains, including notable figures such as Guillaume Martin, Manuéla Montebrun, Laura Flessel, Laurent Tillie, and Charline Picon, who bring their achievements and expertise to the forefront.
The Paralympic Torch Relay will feature diverse teams, including “Paralympic Movement Volunteers,” “Young Para-athletes,” two “Paralympic athletes” relays, an “Innovative Actions” relay, and an “Associations and Careers” relay, celebrating those who support people with disabilities and contribute to their rights.
As the countdown to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games begins, the Torch Relay promises to be a dynamic and inclusive celebration of the spirit of sportsmanship and unity. BT/14/1/2024