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Paris 2024 Olympics : Economic stakes for Africa

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Paris 2024 Olympics : Economic stakes for Africa

For the third time, the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games organizing committee has partnered with the French Development Agency (AFD) to provide funding to seven African countries as part of its Impact 2024 International initiative.

Impact 2024 international : Several African countries submit support projects

320,821 EUR has been allocated to 10 projects from 202 submissions, focusing on gender equality, education, health, and the inclusion of persons with disabilities. The Selection Committee comprised representatives from Paris 2024, AFD, and experts from organizations such as La Guilde, Sport en Commun, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Plan International, Play International, Decathlon Foundation, and Société Générale Foundation.

African nations benefit from budgetary support

In June 2023, the selection committee convened to decide on winning projects for the call for proposals. The selected beneficiaries include Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Morocco, Uganda, Senegal, and Togo :

  • Kenya secured two projects, one focusing on constructing new fields and the other promoting women’s boxing.
  • Senegal’s three projects encompass social integration through rugby and sports promotion among youth in Dialaw, contributing to environmental education and local development through Olympism.
  • Cameroon will implement a socio-sporting project for youth in Edéa.
  • Côte d’Ivoire approved a sports initiative catering to the visually impaired.
  • Morocco emphasizes gender equality and youth development in rugby.
  • Togo’s initiative targets basketball development.
  • Uganda’s project aims to combat teenage pregnancies in the Kasese district through sports.

Immersing in the 2024 Olympics in Paris with an African flavor

Throughout the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, Île-Saint-Denis in the Seine-Saint-Denis department will resonate with the vibrant rhythms of Africa. The inauguration of Africa Station, an unparalleled fan zone, will foster this lively atmosphere. Positioned just a stone’s throw from the Stade de France, this ambitious project pledges to serve as a communal hub and a celebratory haven for sports enthusiasts and admirers of African culture.

Africa Station transcends the concept of a mere fan zone. It emerges as a dynamic social space where Parisians and tourists can partake in the medal ceremonies of African champions and engage in many sports and cultural events. In collaboration with Maison de l’Afrique, the venue will host exhibitions, concerts, and various activities showcasing the rich traditions and vibrancy of the African continent.

Africa Station Paris 2024 : Much more than sport to share

Africa Station emerges as the quintessential rendezvous for those seeking to immerse themselves in the spirit of diversity and camaraderie during the 2024 Paris Olympics. With a captivating program brimming with emotions and discoveries, this fan zone pledges to leave a profound legacy extending far beyond athletic feats.

The diverse array of offerings at Africa Station encompasses:

  • Engaging exhibitions and cultural showcases
  • Thrilling sports events and competitions
  • Inspiring encounters with athletes
  • Vibrant concerts and captivating shows

Africa Station is an integral component of a larger initiative encompassing 239 fan zones slated to grace France during the 2024 Olympic Games.

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