The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will feature 11 medal events for paratriathlon. The IPC has also confirmed an athlete quota of 120. This is 40 more than in the previous Games hosted in Tokyo. The announcement follows the IPC Governing Board’s approval of the final medal events programme and athlete quotas for the next Paralympic Games following a lengthy consultation exercise with all international federations.
For paratriathlon, the medal events IPC has confirmed from World Triathlon’s proposal are Men’s PTWC, PTS2, PTS3, PTS4, PTS5 and PTVI, and Women’s PTWC, PTS2, PTS4, PTS5 and PTVI, three more medal events than in Tokyo 2020.
Regarding the athlete quota, the IPC has confirmed 54 men (18 more than in Tokyo), 50 women (14 more than in Tokyo) and another 18 spots for invitations, with no gender pre-determined yet, for a total of 120 paratriathletes competing in Paris. In Tokyo 2020 there was a total of 80 paratriathletes competing for a total of eight medal events.
“We are delighted with this decision, that proves that paratriathlon is one of the key sports in the Paralympic programme, and we keep increasing the number of events and the number of participants,” said World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “World Triathlon was hoping to get the 6+6 Para triathlon classes in the Paralympics. Despite the efforts, unfortunately one of the female events did not make the cut to be included in the programme, according to the IPC Handbook requirements. But we will explore all options to be able to offer an opportunity for female athletes in all sport classes to qualify for Paris 2024.”
In total, the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will feature a maximum of 4,400 para athletes who will compete in 549 medal events across 22 para sports. The Games will include a record 235 medal events for women, eight more than at Tokyo 2020.