IOC approves Paris 2024 qualification criteria and session schedule

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The qualification systems for all 32 sports on the Paris 2024 sports programme were approved by the IOC EB. These outline the various ways in which athletes and National Olympic Committees can qualify for the Paris 2024 Games.

The criteria for all the disciplines will be published over the course of the following week and can be viewed on The qualification systems set out the pathway for the athletes and teams to qualify for the Games, and the minimum criteria that athletes will have to meet in order to be eligible.

The IOC EB also approved the competition schedule by session, which reflects the ambition of Paris 2024 to offer spectacular and popular Games. The session schedule sets the key framework for Games planning and outlines the start and finish times of each of the sessions. Notably, the agreed timings will allow all athletes to take part in at least one of the Olympic Ceremonies.

In all, 32 sports will be on the programme, resulting in 19 days of competition from 24 July (two days prior to the Opening Ceremony) to 11 August, with 329 medal events and a total of 762 sessions.  Paris 2024 will now continue to work on adding the specific events into the sport sessions, focusing on the key principles including athlete experience, international broadcast audience and gender balance.

In addition, the IOC EB accepted the shooting competition formats and the weight classes for boxing and weightlifting. Seven men’s and six women’s weight categories will be part of the boxing programme in Paris, and for the first time the sport will reach full gender equality in athlete participation.

As at Tokyo 2020, the weightlifting events will be gender balanced, with five men’s and five women’s weight classes, and equal numbers of male and female athletes.

The Olympic Games Paris 2024 will be the first fully gender-balanced Games, with exactly 50 per cent male and female participation, following on from the gender equality already achieved for Tokyo 2020, which had 47.8 per cent female participation. Paris 2024 will also mark the growth in mixed events on the programme, compared to Tokyo 2020, from 18 to 20.