The 2024 Paris games will be held in the Pacific Ocean, 15,000km from the French mainland. The international Olympic committee (ioc) announced Tuesday that Tahiti will be the site of the surfing competition and that place DE la Concorde in central Paris will be one of the venues for the games.
Tahiti is an island of French Polynesia in the south Pacific, better known by its nickname, Tahiti. Taiahupo, near the island, is a world-famous surf spot and an important venue for the world surfing federation championship. Tahiti was one of five possible sites chosen for the 2024 games, along with four on the Atlantic coast of France.
A poll conducted last year by the Paris organizing committee for the Olympic Games, commissioned by a professional body, found that 74 percent of respondents thought Tahiti was the best choice. Among young people aged 15 to 25, in particular, 79% chose Tahiti. In the end, the Paris organizing committee selected Tahiti after considering all aspects, and submitted the plan to the International Olympic Committee .
“The selection of Tahiti to host surfing meets the ioc’s requirement to ‘provide the best conditions for athletes’ and we thank the ioc for agreeing to host surfing at the Olympic Games here,” the Paris organizing committee said in a statement.
“Our philosophy is to promote and protect the island’s unique natural environment, while also taking into account the needs of the local community to leave a legacy.”
This year’s Tokyo Olympics will be the first time that surfing, an emerging sport that is gaining popularity among young people, has appeared on the Olympic stage. The ioc’s executive board also agreed that the place DE la Concorde in central Paris will be one of the venues for the 2024 games.