The Test Events Programme
Before each edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the organisers test a certain number of the systems that they plan on implementing at the event itself. They do this to limit operational risks and ensure that the competitions take place smoothly. Tests very similar to what the general public will see in 2024 therefore take place at competition venues in the months leading up to the Games.
These tests are a sort of rehearsal that enable Paris 2024 to understand any adjustments that need to be made. Nevertheless, they are not simply identical versions of Games events, as the systems in place for any operations not undergoing testing may be very minimalist and a far cry from what we will see in summer 2024. For example, the Look of the Games will not make an appearance just yet.
Three types of tests for Paris 2024
Test events organised by Paris 2024
These tests are entirely organised by Paris 2024 and include certain features (events, number of athletes, medical and technological systems, etc.) like those of international competitions. This enables the organisers to review how the site operates under a configuration similar to that of the Games.
The sailing event to be held in July 2023 at the Marseille Marina competition venue will therefore bring together the best specialists from all over the world, with a competition programme much like that of the Games. This event will enable Paris 2024 to trial the sporting, medical and technological systems that will be applied at Marseille Marina the following year. Paris 2024 will also organise two other test events in 2023: an international triathlon and para triathlon competition from 17 to 20 August 2023, following the same routes along the Seine and on the road as at the Games, and an international mountain bike competition at Elancourt on 24 September 2023, also using the same track as the Games.
Events organised by national and international federations and third party entities
These events are directly organised by national and international federations or third party entities at competition venues that will be used for the Games in 2024. Paris 2024 may test certain systems planned for the Games during these events.
For example, the Vaires-sur-Marne nautical stadium will host the finals of the Canoe Slalom World Cup from 5 to 8 October 2023. This event will enable Paris 2024 to test their sporting and technical set-up at the pool at Vaires-sur-Marne, as well as a new format for the competition.
This testing category encompasses highly targeted tests carried out directly by Paris 2024, which may or may not require athletes to participate. The aim is, for example, to ensure that the venues function properly and can accommodate a smooth transition between each different sport practised there.
A number of the venues will undergo these tests, such as the Grand Palais (where a cover will be rolled out over part of the glass roof to test its impact on the competition area, and the transition from fencing to taekwondo will be trialled) and Bercy Arena (where the venue’s transition from gymnastics to basketball events will be trialled).
The Paris 2024 test calendar
The Paris 2024 testing programme for 2023
- 9 – 16 July 2023: international sailing competition, Marseille Marina
- 17 – 20 August 2023: international triathlon and para triathlon competition, Pont Alexandre III in Paris
- 24 September 2023: international mountain bike competition, Élancourt Hill
- 26 – 27 July 2023: French junior golf championships, The Golf National de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
- 2 – 6 August 2023: 2023 World Rowing Under 19 Championships, Vaires-sur-Marne nautical stadium
- 5 – 6 August 2023: Open Water Swimming World Cup 2023 (Meet 4), Pont Alexandre III in Paris
- 11 – 20 August 2023: WSL Tahiti Pro, Teahupo’o, Tahiti
- 19 – 20 August 2023: 2023 Archery World Cup (Stage 4), Invalides in Paris
- 30 August – 1 September 2023: Canoe/kayak and para canoe world cup, Vaires-sur-Marne nautical stadium
- 5 – 8 October 2023: Finals of the Canoe Slalom World Cup, Vaires-sur-Marne nautical stadium
- July 2023: Roland Garros stadium in Paris (transition from Tennis to Boxing)
- August 2023: South Paris Arena 4 and 6 in Paris (Table Tennis and Para table tennis, Handball, Weightlifting)
- August 2023: Grand Palais in Paris (Fencing, Taekwondo and Para taekwondo)
- August 2023: La Concorde in Paris (venue)
- August 2023: Invalides in Paris (Para archery)
- August 2023: Château de Versailles (Equestrian – familiarisation with the cross-country course)
- August – September 2023: Champ de Mars arena in Paris (Wheelchair Rugby, Para judo, Judo, Breaking and Wrestling)
- September 2023: Bercy Arena in Paris (transition from Artistic Gymnastics to Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball)
The Paris 2024 testing programme for 2024
- 4 – 5 May 2024: Yves-du-Manoir Stadium in Colombes (Hockey)
- 5 – 10 March 2024: YONEX French Open (Badminton), La Chapelle Arena in Paris
- 8 – 14 April 2024: CNTS shooting range in Châteauroux (Shooting and Shooting Para sport)
- 29 April – 8 May 2024: The Aquatics Centre in Saint-Denis (Artistic swimming, Diving and Water polo)
- January - February 2024: Boccia (perimeter and location tbc)
- March 2024: La Chapelle Arena in Paris (Para badminton, Rhythmic gymnastics and Para powerlifting)
- April 2024: Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines BMX stadium (BMX racing)
- May 2024: Château de Versailles (Modern pentathlon)
- June 2024: Le Bourget sport climbing venue (Sport climbing), Paris La Défense Arena in Nanterre (Swimming, Water polo, Para swimming), Stade de France (Athletics, Para Athletics)