Paris 2024 medal events, athlete quotas announced
Date: November 26, 2021
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has published the medal event programme and athlete quotas for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
The announcement includes some changes for goalball and judo. Blind football remains unchanged.
For goalball, the IPC has reduced the number of men’s and women’s teams from 10 to eight, alongside some other team sports, to ensure they all have the same number of competing countries.
Medal events in judo have been increased to 16 in response to a new classification system which will see athletes split into two classes for Paris 2024 and all qualification events.
The new classes – J1 and J2 – mean that some weight categories have been combined to ensure they both have the same number of medal events. The IPC have also given 30 gender-free slots to judo to allow for the development of the sport as it settles into its new classification system. These will be allocated to men’s and women’s quotas no later than January 2023.
Therefore, whilst the weight categories for men and women will be reduced by three and two, respectively, the overall number of athlete slots have been increased and three medal events have been added.
Judo medal events
|8 medal events||8 medal events||0|
-90 kg J1
+90 kg J1
-60 kg J2
-73 kg J2
-90 kg J2
+90 kg J2
|-48 kg J1
-57 kg J1
-70 kg J1
+70 kg J1
-48 kg J2
-57 kg J2
-70 kg J2
+70 kg J2
Goalball medal events
|8 team tournament||8 team tournament||0|
Blind football medal events
|8 team tournament||0||0|
The revised medal event programme for judo follows-on from a five-year research and community consultation project to review the classification system in the sport. This has involved hundreds of hours of research as well as the views and feedback of athletes, countries, classifiers, coaches and officials.
Led by a research team from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the exercise aimed to ensure that judo has a classification system which is evidence-based and sport specific, in-line with the IPC Classification Code.
The research team’s recommendations centred around the creation of two classes – one for athletes who are partially sighted (J1) and one for athletes who are blind (J2).
Currently in IBSA Judo athletes with different levels of impairment – B1, B2 and B3 –compete against each other. The minimum impairment criteria will also be raised according to the research outcomes.
IBSA has spent the last 18 months consulting with the judo community and creating new draft classification rules, which are now ready to be implemented.
The new system will be introduced in 2022, ahead of the start of qualification period for Paris 2024 which will be announced by the IPC.