On 23 and 24 June 2017, Olympic Days transform areas around the Seine into an ephemeral Olympic complex. The event will throw the spotlight on some 30 sports, ranging from fencing to kayaking, through athletics, boxing, and handball. For 2 days, visitors are invited to admire sports demonstrations, attend friendly matches, and even get a free introductory taste of a range of sporting disciplines.
Since Paris was selected as the host city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this fun and popular international event has taken on an even greater significance.
Organized on the occasion of World Olympic Day, which on 23 June commemorates the birth in 1894 of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), this festive event celebrates the values of sport and brings together locals and visitors around the 3 founding pillars of Olympism: ‘move’, ‘learn’ and ‘discover’.
Olympic Days programme
The opening event of this sporty weekend is a day for kids on 19 June. Each arrondissement will set up its own activities: Paralympic events in the 5th, swimming in the 20th, multiple sports in the 19th, and lots more!
On 22 June, five squares entrenched in the everyday life of Parisians will be celebrating sport and the Olympic Games, representing the five Olympic rings. This day will feature trampolining in the 12th, a slam dunk contest at the Dalle des Olympiades, speed climbing in the 18th, golf on the Canal Saint-Martin and even BMXing on Boulevard Belleville.
On 23 June, Place de la Concorde will transform into an exceptional 75,000 m² playground. Look out for demonstrations by world famous athletes (Tony Parker, Renaud Lavillenie, Yannick Agnel and more), extreme sports like BMXing, introductory sessions for kids and adults, stands by 30 Olympic federations, two stages dedicated to shows and activities, and plenty more surprises! It promises to be a day full of life and colour, a perfect end to this year’s Olympic Days!