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FROM 1900 TO 2024. THE IMPORTANCE OF PARIS FOR WOMEN IN THE WORLD OLYMPIC MOVEMENT

At the 1900 Paris Olympic Games, for the first time a rings event included the participation of women in the competitions. 124 years later, the French capital once again makes history by being the first Olympic event to have complete gender parity in its participating athletes.

Paris, the city of light, one of the most important capitals in Europe with more than 42 million foreign visitors per year. Known for its beautiful landscapes, its iconic places such as the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs-Elysées Avenue, the Arc de Triomphe, the Sacré Cœur Basilica, among many others.

However, what very few know is the importance that the French capital has had for women in the Olympic Movement.

At the 1900 Paris Olympic Games, it was the first event in history in which women could participate. In total, 24 countries and a total of 997 athletes were present: 975 men and 22 women.

All of them participated in 95 events, tennis being the one that gave the first medals to women in history.

It was precisely Charlotte Cooper from the United Kingdom, who became the first woman in history to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. The tennis player defeated the French Hélène Prévost 6-1 and 6-4 in the singles final, remaining in the history of the Olympics forever.

One hundred and twenty-four years later, in the same City of Light, Paris, sport and women will once again meet a historic milestone when the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, known as the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad, begin on July 26. .

Paris, just as in the year 1900, will mark a before and after in the history of Olympism. For the first time there will be complete parity of participants between men and women.

In total there will be 5,250 men and 5,250 women participating, achieving complete gender equality.

“We are going to celebrate one of the most important moments for women in the Olympic Games, and in sport in general,” said Thomas Bach, president of the IOC, when asked about this gender equality in Paris.

There are only 52 days left until the most important and massive multi-sport event in the world begins. Games that will undoubtedly be historic, games that many have already called the Equality or Women’s Games, because they will have a predominant role never seen before in an Olympic celebration.