The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has confirmed that the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games sports programme will remain the same as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics with 22 sports included.
The IPC Governing Board’s decision was taken at a meeting in London on Friday (25 January).
The 22 sports that will be included are: athletics, archery, badminton, blind football, boccia, canoe, cycling, equestrian, goalball, judo, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
CP Football which made the final stage for consideration was not included in the Paris 2024 Paralympic sport programme.
Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: “I would like to send my warmest congratulations to the 22 sports that will form part of a mouth-watering Paris 2024 Paralympic Games sport programme.
“I think the final Paris 2024 programme is extremely attractive and exciting. It features 22 Para sports that have strong global appeal, support gender balance and offer athletes with a wide range of impairments – including those with high support needs – opportunities to compete on the biggest stage of all in the French capital.”
The first Paralympic Games were held in Rome, Italy, in 1960 with just eight sports included.
Athletes with intellectual disability first competed in the Paralympic Games in 1992. Two separate Games were held in 1992, one in Barcelona for all impairments, except intellectual impairment. A separate Games was held in Madrid for athletes with intellectual impairment.
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.
There are just 3 sports in the Paralympic programme for athletes with intellectual disability – athletics (400m, LJ, 1500m, Shot), swimming (200 freestyle, 200 IM, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly) and table tennis (singles).
The Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will take place between 28 August and 8 September.