Running athlete during Olympic Games
2 May 2019

Paris 2024: research and sport team up for the 2024 Olympic Games

Sportspeople and scientists are participating in research on high sports performance in preparation for the 2024 Paris Games.
At the beginning of April this year, the Government announced the launch of a Priority Research Programme (PPR) for high sports performance. In this context, the National Research Agency (ANR) called on the scientific and sports communities to express their interest. The goal is to identify avenues for research on very high sports performance and explore them for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Combining the best in research and sport

“By taking account of the real needs of athletes and their coaches, research should enable us to come up with concrete projects that will be of benefit to our athletes' performance”, the Minister of Sport, Roxana Maracineanu, stated during presentation of the PPR on 2 April 2019.

For this to happen, the Programme is composed of nine key themes, starting with balance of life and environment, prevention and treatment of risk factors, and athletes' cognition and mental preparation.

Three more focuses bear on human-material interactions and optimisation of sports equipment, learning and improving sports movements, and quantification of training loads.

The programme's seventh challenge will consist of putting artificial intelligence and data processing at the service of sports performance, while its last two themes will focus on performance in the athlete's environment and the specificities of Paralympic sports.