A single French team for Tokyo

Wednesday, 14 april 2021

With 100 days to go before the opening of the Tokyo Games, the French Olympic & Paralympic athletes have been united into a single team.

100 days! In exactly one hundred days, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will begin… As we look forward to sharing the thrill of seeing French athletes perform on Japanese soil, a major announcement comes to mark this key milestone: the creation of a single French Olympic & Paralympic team! The aim of this decision is to make the team the symbol of French sport in general and to create the optimum conditions for a fine performance in Tokyo as well as during the Olympic & Paralympic Games Paris 2024. 

“For the very first time, the Olympic & Paralympic teams are one and the same.”  

This is the message delivered by this unified French team and the 27 athletes and para-athletes taking part in the campaign for Tokyo launched today by the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee. To give concrete expression to this announcement, four flag bearers – two men and two women, two Olympic athletes and two Paralympic athletes – will hoist the French flag together at the opening ceremony on July 23.

Groupe BPCE: support for all sports enthusiasts  

As a Premium Partner of the French Olympic & Paralympic team, but also of the Olympic & Paralympic Games Paris 2024, Groupe BPCE fully associates itself with this event.  
Having pursued for many years a long-term commitment to sports enthusiasts – amateurs and professionals, as well as outstanding champions – the Group will not fail to support all the athletes in the French team, including those sponsored by the Banques Populaires, Caisses d’Epargne, Natixis, Banque Palatine, and the BPCE Community, working in particular through the Performance Pact foundation. Some fifteen of these athletes, representing a wide range of disciplines, have already qualified for Tokyo, pending the outstanding results of the ongoing selection process. We would like to remind readers that the French won 70 medals at the 2016 Rio Games (42 Olympic and 28 Paralympic medals). 

The French Olympic & Paralympic delegation in figures: 

  • 800 people (approximately 500 Olympic & Paralympic athletes expected) 
  • 45 national sports federations involved (33 Olympic and 12 Paralympic federations) 
  • 73 sporting disciplines represented (54 Olympic and 19 Paralympic sports)

Approximate figures provided for information purposes only