A legacy for French sports

Eco-responsible, 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.

To 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 (European Mass Race). Another initiative: the medal ceremonies will be held in the fan zone, outside Charléty. Finally, the accessibility of official websites to people with disabilities will be a priority.

Beyond athletics, Paris 2020 intends to open up the practice of sport to all and initiate a strong dynamic in the perspective of 2024.

Sustainable development as one of the priorities

According to its commitments, the Paris 2020 Organising Committee will place the European Championships under the sign of sustainable development. Through the “Green Inspiration” concept, the Organising Committe is keen to propose an event with a minimal carbon footprint. The distance between the athletes’ village, at the Cité Universitaire, and the Charléty Stadium, is only 5 minutes’ walk. A situation never seen before that will reduce sensibly the environmental impact of the event. Spectators will also be encouraged to favour public transport.

Finally, by involving former athletes and, with them the entire French Athletics Family, the Organising Committee aims to mobilise energies and thus contribute to the training and professional development of teams at local level.

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