Egypt’s biggest

Inas Mazhar , Tuesday 16 Apr 2024

Egyptian athletes are eagerly looking forward to the world’s greatest sports event, the Olympic Games, scheduled to be held in Paris this summer, reports Inas Mazhar

Ibtissam Zayed (cycling), Naema Said and Halima Abdel-Azim  (weightlifting) have booked their ticket
Ibtissam Zayed (cycling), Naema Said and Halima Abdel-Azim (weightlifting) have booked their tickets to the Olympics


On Monday, the headquarters of the Egyptian National Olympic Committee (ENOC) received Eric Chevallier, the French ambassador to Egypt, who was welcomed by Egypt’s Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi, ENOC President Yasser Idris and Paralympic Committee President Hossam Mustafa as well as presidents of sports federations and Olympic and Paralympic athletes who have qualified.

At the event, which also saw members of the media attending, Chevallier revealed the preparations and readiness of Paris to receive athletes from all over the world, while Idris also confirmed the enthusiasm of the Egyptian federations whose athletes have already booked their tickets to participate in the XXXIII 2024 Summer Olympics which will mark the centenary of Paris 1924.

So far, the number of Egyptian qualifiers to the Games has increased to 131 male and female athletes in 20 sports, making it the biggest Egyptian participation in the history of the Olympic Games. With three months to go for the Games, more athletes have a chance to join the delegation as some sports are still going through qualifications.

According to the Paris 2024 Committee, the spectacle taking place during the weeks of the Olympics, will go down in history, and Paris will be the centre of the world – the world of sport and so much more. The Games are a popular, multicultural festival, a celebration to share with the rest of the world. They represent a new adventure that will embark France on an experience unlike anything it has seen before.

The 33rd edition of the Olympic Games is expected to be watched by billions of television viewers worldwide: 350,000 hours of TV broadcast, millions of spectators who will be attending in 41 venues where 10,500 athletes will be battling it out for winning medals. Paris 2024 will also see 20,000 accredited journalists, 31,500 volunteers, and +600,000 meals served at the Athletes’ Village every day.

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games, from 26 July-Sunday 11 August include 19 days of competition (handball, football and rugby take place from 24 July); 329 events, 206 National Olympic Committees, 28 sports+ (including four new sports), 758 sessions and 10,500 athletes taking part.


* A version of this article appears in print in the 18 April, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly


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