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Dates of the Olympic Games

The dates envisaged by the Paris 2012 project, from Friday 27th July 2012 (Opening Ceremony), to Sunday 12th August 2012 (Closing Ceremony), are within the period prescribed by the International Olympic Committee. The Paralympic Games will end on the second Sunday in September.

The main reasons for this choice are:

• the dates fall within the traditional period for annual holidays, so ensuring:
- optimal availability for voluntary work,
- the least busy road traffic conditions,
- 370 million potential spectators located within a travelling time of two hours from Paris by plane or five hours by TGV high-speed train,

• the dates are within the most suitable climatic period in the year for athletes's performances.

• the dates come after the French National Holiday of 14th July, and this is the best time in terms of availability of hotel accommodation in Paris where customers are mainly business clientele,

• these dates are the most suitable with regards to the harmonious scheduling of major international events. They come after the Wimbledon Tennis tournament and before the resumption of the European Football season. Furthermore, the finish of the Tour de France cycling race which is traditionally in Paris will count among the highly compelling sports events occurring before the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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