A legacy for French sports
Inclusive, participative and popular: the Paris 2020 European Athletics Championships aim to leave an essential legacy to boost the success of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Inspire and share emotions
The philosophy of the event is to inspire the new generation, young athletes dreaming of participating in the 2024 Olympic Games, as well as sports enthusiasts in general.
“It is part of our desire to open up athletics to as many people as possible, declares André Giraud, President of the French Athletics Federation and President of Paris 2020. By organizing around Athletics, a Festival of Sport uniting generations, we hope to create vocations, support them and thus contribute to the development of the first Olympic sport and of the French sport in its whole.”
To this end, the Organising Committee is innovating by opening the half-marathon course to anonymous runners during a major popular 10km race. Another initiative: the medal ceremonies and the long-jump qualifications will be held in the Athletics Park, the fan-zone located at the heart of Paris. Beyond athletics, Paris 2020 intends to open up the practice of sport to all and initiate a strong dynamic in the perspective of 2024 with a legacy plan dedicated to running as well as sport & health within the city of Paris.
Paris Athlé 2020 works in synergy with the French Athletics Federation and all its local structures (Regional Leagues, Departmental Committees and clubs) in order to promote athletics as well as to anticipate on how to welcome new members after the European Championships in the best conditions. This event is an opportunity to develop the skills of all FFA structures, by involving former athletes, contributing to the professionalization of staff on the field at a local level, and mobilizing and training 1,400 volunteers. French athletics as well as future organisations, particularly in the context of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will benefit from this legacy.