The process to decide the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games sport programme started in November 2017. Originally eight new sports and three sport disciplines applied for inclusion in the Games. In January 2018, six of these applicants – CP Football, golf, karate, Para dance sport, powerchair football and sailing – progressed to Phase Two of the exercise.
Between February 2018 and July 2018, the six new and 22 existing Paralympic sports completed and submitted a comprehensive application pack as part of Phase Two. This allowed the IPC to measure the strength and potential of each sport. The pack featured a series of questions regarding each sport’s governance, rules and regulations, anti-doping programme compliance and activities, worldwide reach and quadrennial competition programme. Classification Code compliance was also assessed, and the IPC considered the costs and complexity of operations on the Paris 2024 Organising Committee.
In September 2018, the IPC Governing Board progressed 23 sports – the 22 included in Tokyo 2020 and CP Football – through to the final stage of assessment for inclusion in Paris.
By October 2018, all 23 sports were provided with feedback from the IPC and several were asked for further information to be assessed prior to the IPC Governing Board’s decision.
The first Paralympic Games were held in Rome, Italy, in 1960 with just eight sports included. The Rio 2016 Paralympics featured 22 sports with Para canoe and Para triathlon both making their debut. At Tokyo 2020, Para badminton and Para taekwondo are included for the first time as part of a 22-strong sports programme. The Tokyo 2020 programme will feature at least 1,756 slots for women, a 17 per cent increase in the number of women that took part in London 2012. This number is likely to increase further due to the allocation of 294 gender free slots.
The Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will take place between 28 August and 8 September.