Paris 2024 Celebrates International Women's Day

The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Bid Committee has hailed the inaugural La Lycéenne Run a success. 

The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Bid Committee has hailed the inaugural La Lycéenne Run a success, after more than 5000 school girls took to the streets of France to celebrate International Women’s Day and promote sport, diversity and sharing.

Supported by Paris 2024 official partner MAIF, La Lycéenne is a race specifically aimed at young women from high schools across France. Taking place in Paris - where precisely 2,024 school girls took part - Caen, Montpellier, Bordeaux and Ajaccio, it invited participants to run at least 2,024 metres in celebration of Paris’ Olympic and Paralympic Bid.

In each city, a number of high-profile ambassadors including PSG Women’s star Laure Boulleau, Athens 2004 bronze medallist Muriel Hurtis, Rio 2016 gold medal winner Emilie Andeol, and pop star Alizee joined the run, encouraging young women to maintain an active lifestyle and to strive for success in their lives.

La Lycéenne comes just days after the Paris Half Marathon, another mass participation sporting event that saw 40,000 race through the streets of Paris, travelling past the iconic venues and landmarks that will form the backdrop for the 2024 Games.

The UN-recognised International Women’s Day aims to promote women’s rights and inspire young females to reach new heights. The Paris 2024 bid, which is working in close collaboration with two of France’s most influential female leaders, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Valérie Pécresse, President of the Île-de-France region, has placed diversity at the heart of its Games concept. The Paris 2024 legacy plan aims to help more women obtain high-ranking French sport federation roles, while the Olympic Schools Week, which has been added National Curriculum, will promote gender parity and endorse diverse ideas in schools.

Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, said:

"La Lycéenne is a fantastic initiative that we hope will encourage thousands of school girls from across France to engage with sport. By empowering women across France, we hope that more women than ever before will be ready to compete in 2024. Diversity is at the heart of our bid and we want to encourage more and more women to take up sport, develop leadership skills and get active."

Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said:

"I want to congratulate all of the girls who turned out today to take part in La Lycéenne, and I am delighted at how many took part. This is a special event on a very special day for women, and we want to carry this excitement and enthusiasm all the way into Paris 2024.

Three-time Paralympic Champion and Co-Chair of the Paris 2024 Athletes’ Committee, Marie-Amelie Le Fur, added:

"On International Women’s Day, Paris 2024 is helping to show girls that sport can be a vehicle for change. We are passionate about creating equal opportunities for all people regardless of gender, and La Lycéenne has been a great example of that. I was empowered by sport and I believe that Paris 2024 can help the female athletes of tomorrow achieve their dreams and ensure their voice is heard."

For more information, please contact:

Raphaël Leclerc

Paris 2024 Bid Committee

Email: rleclerc@paris2024.org

Phone: +33 6 73 16 88 06

Sujit Jasani

VERO Communications

Email: sjasani@verocom.co.uk

Phone: +44 (0)207 812 6589 / +44 (0)7940 375 282

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