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A recognised know-how

Sporting events, whether focusing on a single sport or a set of sports, hold a lion's share of the many international events organised every year in Paris and in the Ile-de-France Region.
 

Equipped with modern, efficient sports infrastructures meeting the requirements of International Federations, Paris has gradually built up recognised know-how in the field of organisation. This experience is an important strength in view of the wide range of Olympic and Paralympic events.

This success also owes a great deal to:
 
- the passion of French people for sport,
- the great potential for the mobilisation of volunteers around the sports movement,
- the availability of qualified professionals.

Over the last ten years, Paris has successfully hosted the following events:

Multisports: European Youth Olympic Festival
from July 27 to August 1, 2003.
 
Athletics: IAAF World Championships
from August 23 to 31, 2003, at Stade de France®.
 
Basketball: FIBA Europe European Nations Championships from June 21 to July 3, 1999, at Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy.
 
Cycling: Tour de France, every year during the first two weeks of July. Last stage and finish traditional in Paris,
on the Champs-Elysées.
 
Football: FIFA World Cup from June 10 to July 12, 1998. Nine matches at Stade de France® and six matches at Parc des Princes.
 
Gymnastics: EUG European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships from May 12 to 14, 2000, at Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy.
 
Handball: IHF World Championships from January 20 to February 4, 2001, at Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy (final phases).
 
Judo: IJF World Championships from October 9
to 12, 1997, at Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy.
 
Tennis: FFT French Open every year in May-June since 1928, at Roland Garros stadium.
 
Table Tennis: ITTF World Championships, from 19
to 22 May, 2003, at Palais Ominsports de Paris Bercy.
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