UKC selected for Paris 2024 Media Accreditation

© Jon Glassberg/Louder Than Eleven

We are delighted to announce that has been selected to cover Sport Climbing at our second consecutive Olympic Games in Paris 2024. In 2021, despite the pandemic-induced restrictions, we travelled to Tokyo 2020 to report on climbing's successful Olympic debut from the ground.

Women's podium Tokyo 2020.  © Jon Glassberg/Louder Than Eleven
Women's podium Tokyo 2020.
© Jon Glassberg/Louder Than Eleven

The British Olympic Association allocates media accreditation requests for UK journalists and photographers via an independent Media Accreditation Committee. 

At Tokyo 2020, we provided live Tweets from the ground, behind-the-scenes social media content and daily written and video news round-ups. In the run-up to the Olympics, we also created an Olympic Athlete database with in-depth profiles of the selected climbers. 

In the lead up to Paris 2024, we aim to expand on our previous Olympic coverage through more interviews, athlete profiles and YouTube content ahead of the Games. 

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in the French capital from 26 July to 11 August 2024. 

The Sport Climbing event will take place over six days from 5-10 August 2024 — an increase on the four-day event held in Tokyo last year — at Le Bourget climbing venue, one of only two sports facilities to be built specifically for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

68 athletes will compete in Sport Climbing's second Olympic showing, with Speed as a single event and Boulder & Lead as a combined medal. 28 athletes will compete in Speed and 40 in Boulder & Lead, split equally between men and women (14 and 20 per sex).

Spectator tickets will be available to buy online and accessible worldwide for the first time in the history of the Games. Almost 10 million tickets are expected to go on sale in February 2023.

To be eligible to purchase tickets, fans must register for a draw. If fans are selected, they will be given a window to buy tickets.

Key dates for Paris 2024 tickets:

Now open: Ticket lottery registration here.

February 2023: launch of package sales

May 2023: launch of single ticket sales

Late 2023: tickets available for purchase in real time - re-sale tickets will be available regularly in this period

More ticketing details on the Paris 2024 website and Le Club Paris 2024 website.

Visit our UKC Olympics page to read more about Paris 2024 and relive Tokyo 2020 through our Tweets from the ground.

More information about Sport Climbing at Paris 2024 is available on the IFSC website.

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6 Jan

Great news, congratulations!

7 Jan

Is it a bit bizarre for UKC to publish two articles, within hours of each other, one celebrating travelling around the world to provide “on the ground tweets” for the Olympics, the other detailing another apparently catastrophic effect of climate change!?

7 Jan

Awesome stuff, congrats guys!

7 Jan

If I listed categories of people who I'm happy to see continue to travel long distances, journalists travelling for the purpose of sharing information so that other people don't need to travel to see the events live would be pretty high up the list. I think it's fair to consider the carbon footprint of the journey to be to some extent divided up between the many consumers of the coverage. Granted, Olympic climbing isn't an important topic compared to a lot of world events, but I do think sport and other forms of entertainment are still valuable. And this announcement is about Paris anyway, which is hardly an absurd journey, particularly if it's done with consideration of the climate, which seems likely.

Hi Jim,

There’s no denying it’s a complex topic.

Providing ‘on the ground’ updates from a single member of staff, who’s likely got to Paris via train, is going to be a drop in the carbon ocean compared to the overall output of the hundreds of thousands of people/participants that descend upon Paris from all around the world. That said, we are undeniably a part of it. The Olympics is - after all - a huge, global event and whilst we may be one small part of it - we’re still a part of it.

What’s the solution? From our side, we’re sending out very few people (definitely one, maybe two) and those people will likely travel by train. As such, there’ll be a pretty minimalist carbon footprint from us. From the Olympics as a whole, and other international events such as the World Cup, Formula 1 etc…, I think we’re all hugely conflicted, because many of us want to watch these events, but at the same time shudder when we think of their unfathomable carbon footprint.

Not sure how much more I can say beyond that, but am curious to know how others feel. Is there a future for events like this?

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