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Olympics 2024: 326k Tickets To Be Released For Opening Ceremony

Olympics 2024: 326k Tickets To Be Released For Opening Ceremony
A total of 326,000 tickets are set to be sold or given away for the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics on the river Seine, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said Tuesday, giving the exact number for the first time.

Gatekeepers News reports that organisers have scaled back their plans for the waterborne parade – with crowds once imagined as large as two million people – in the face of resistance from French security services and worries about terror attacks.

But it is still set to break records in terms of size, with all previous opening ceremonies taking place in the main athletics stadium.

“We will have 104,000 spectators on the lower bank who have paid for a ticket,” Darmanin told a hearing in the Senate. “Then you have 222,000 people on the higher banks (with free tickets).”

He estimated that another 200,000 people would watch the open-air parade on July 26 along the river from buildings that overlook the Seine, with an additional 50,000 in fan zones in the capital.

The open-air ceremony on boats is in keeping with promises to make the Paris Olympics “iconic”, with the local organising committee keen to break from past traditions in the way it stages the world’s biggest sporting event.

The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics ceremony is generally considered to be the most spectacular in history while the 2012 London ceremony, overseen by “Trainspotting” director Danny Boyle, won rave reviews for showcasing Britain’s quirky side.

– ‘Confidence’ –
A total of 180 boats are set to sail around six kilometres (four miles) down the Seine, of which 94 will contain athletes, the top security official for the Paris region, Marc Guillaume, told the same hearing.

“No country has informed us that they do not want to take part,” Darmanin explained. “They have confidence in our organisation.”

The executive in charge of planning and risk management at the Paris organising committee told AFP last week that special security measures would be considered for high-risk delegations such as those from the US or Israel.

“Every delegation has its unique circumstances, and we’ll look at solutions that are adapted to the risk,” Lambis Konstantinidis said.

The Olympics have been targeted with attacks in the past, notably Munich in 1972 and Atlanta in 1996.

France was placed on its highest alert for terror attacks in October after a suspected Islamist burst into a school in northern France and stabbed a teacher to death.

The country has been consistently targeted by Islamic extremists over the last decade, particularly by the Islamic State group, while Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza is seen as exacerbating domestic tensions.

Around a million people are set to be screened in advance by French security forces for possible security risks, including athletes, journalists, private security guards and people who live close to key infrastructure.

Darmanin repeatedly stressed the scale of the challenge of securing the Games, which are set to take place at venues around the City of Light, including at tourist hotspots such as the Eiffel Tower, the Place de la Concorde and the Invalides.

The event takes place from July 26 to August 11 followed by the Paralympics from August 28 to September 8.

The Olympics is a major international multi-sport event where athletes from different countries compete in a variety of sports. The Olympic Games are divided into the Summer and Winter Games, held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games occurring in alternating even-numbered years.

The International Olympic Committee is responsible for organising and overseeing the Olympic Games.


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