The Paris Games’ commitment to sustainability means there will be no air conditioning in the athlete’s village. As part of the Games’ sustainability drive and in line with the Paris Climate Agreements, the newly-built rooms in the Athletes’ Village at the Paris Games will not be air conditioned, according to Irish website the42.ie.
As a result, Irish athletes have been told by their Olympic Federation of Ireland to prepare for the heat they’ll encounter by turning on the heating at their present respective training bases.
According to the42.ie, the Olympic Village will be based in Saint-Denis, seven kilometres north of central Paris, and will accommodate nearly 14,000 athletes and staff members. It is to be converted to housing after the conclusion of the Paralympic Games. Designers of the Village buildings say the temperature inside will be six degrees lower than the outside air temperature.
The Olympics will kick off on 26 July next year and run onto 11 August, with daytime temperatures at that time of year usually peaking between the low-to-mid-thirties, though exceeded 40 degrees during a heatwave in July last year, prompting these preps.
“Paris 2024 organisers say theirs is the first Olympics to pay “such scrupulous attention to climate and environmental considerations long before the event actually takes place”, and the athletes village is one of only two new structures to be built for the Games, the other being a new Aquatics Centre, built to facilitate the diving competitions. Thus 95% of the facilities used will be existing structures”, wrote the42. ie.
The website added that under the Games sustainability plan, federations will be fined if they are caught using single-use plastic.
The Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI), meanwhile, are drawing on the experience of the Covid-bubbled Tokyo Games to restrict athletes’ time in the Olympic village after their competition has finished. Athletes had to leave the village within 48 hours of the end of their competitive involvement in the Tokyo Games, which the OFI found helped the focus of the Team Ireland members yet to compete.
Thus the OFI have struck a partnership with the Centre Culturel Irlandais (Irish Cultural Centre) to provide accommodation and a base from which to enjoy the Games after they have left the Village, as per the website.
The Irish Olympic federation have also drawn up other plans for fan engagement. “OFI have also signed a deal with the Paris-based O’Sullivan Group as their Hospitality Partner. One of the group’s venues, O’Sullivans By The Mill’, is beside the Moulin Rouge and will act as Team Ireland Supporter’s House, screening the events from an Irish perspective and providing live music and entertainment. A second venue, Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), is near the Champs Élysées, has been designated as the Team Ireland Family House, and will provide a morning and afternoon meeting point with the opportunity to provide support and assistance to athletes’ families,” the42.ie wrote.