Paris Olympic committee announces new ticket sales

After extremely high demand for the draw for Olympic tickets left many disappointed, Paris 2024 organisers have announced an extra sales period this summer, including €24 tickets for 10 different sports.

Paris Olympic committee announces new ticket sales
From left, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera, Interior minister Gerald Darmanin and Paris Organising Committee president Tony Estanguet during the signing of the protocol for the opening ceremony of the 2024 Paris Games. Photo by Geoffroy Van der Hasselt / AFP

Phase two of the tickets sales – which, like phase 1 is organised in a lottery-style draw for slots on the ticket sales website – is still ongoing, but organisers on Tuesday announced an extra sales period over the summer.

This phase will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and will include 200,000 tickets at €24. An exact date has not been announced.

The first two phases of sales have seen extremely high demand that left many disappointed – even those who managed to get a sales slot found that their chosen events were sold out, or only the highest-price tickets were left.

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The organising committee also announced the opening date for sales for Paralympic tickets – October 9th.

For the Paralympics, tickets will begin at €15 and will not exceed €100 for a standard ticket.

In total 2.8 million tickets will go on sale, 500,000 of them at €15.

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France angers UN after announcing hijab ban for Olympic athletes

The UN stressed on Tuesday it was opposed to most dress codes for women, after France barred its athletes from wearing the Muslim hijab during the 2024 Paris Olympics.

France angers UN after announcing hijab ban for Olympic athletes

“No-one should impose on a woman what she needs to wear or not wear,” United Nations rights office spokeswoman Marta Hurtado told reporters in Geneva.

Hurtado’s comment came after the French sports minister said the country’s athletes would be barred from wearing headscarves during the Games, in line with the country’s strict rules on secularism.

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French Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera repeated on Sunday that the government was opposed to any display of religious symbols during sporting events.

“What does that mean? That means a ban on any type of proselytising. That means absolute neutrality in public services,” she told France 3 television.

“The France team will not wear the headscarf.”

Hurtado did not address France’s stance directly.

But she stressed that the international Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women ruled out discriminatory practices.

“Any state party to the convention — in this case France — has an obligation to … modify social or cultural patterns which are based on the idea of the inferiority or superiority of either sexes,” Hurtado said.

“Discriminatory practices against a group can have harmful consequences,” she pointed out.

“That is why … restrictions on expressions of religions or beliefs, such as attire choices, are only acceptable under really specific circumstances,” she explained.

That, she said, meant circumstances “that address legitimate concerns of public safety, public order, or public health or morals in a necessary and proportionate fashion”.

In France, the issue of religious dress goes to the heart of the country’s strict rules on secularism.

These are intended to keep the state neutral in religious matters, while guaranteeing citizens the right to freely practice their religion.

France’s laws prohibit the wearing of “ostentatious” religious symbols in some contexts, such as in state schools and by civil servants.

It outlawed full-face coverings in 2010.

In June, France’s Council of State upheld a ban on women footballers wearing the hijab.