Olympics-Purple track for Paris should be "very, very good", say organisers


Workers install the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games' athletics track of two shades of purple manufactured by Mondo Sports Flooring inside the Stade de France stadium, in Saint-Denis near Paris, France April 9, 2024. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

PARIS (Reuters) - The purple athletics track being laid in Paris's Stade de France for the summer Olympics does not guarantee records but adjustments brought in by the manufacturer seem promising, said Alain Blondel, the sports manager for athletics events at Paris 2024.

"It's the same track, the same base as in Tokyo (where the last Summer Olympics were held), with small changes introduced," Blondel said, adding that he "couldn't say" if the track would be fast.

"But the first indications suggest in many ways it will be a very, very good track."

Three athletics world records were set during the Tokyo Games -- postponed for a year until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic: the women's and men's 400 metres hurdles and the women's triple jump, by respectively Sydney McLaughlin (United States), Karsten Warholm (Norway) and Yulimar Rojas (Venezuela).

The track is being supplied for the 13th Olympics in a row by the Italian firm Mondo.

"We really liked the purple as it allowed us to move away from the usual colours," said Blondel, a former decathlon European champion.

The track, involving the manual layering of more than 1,000 rolls of material, should be completed by June 1. The Games open on July 26.

(Reporting by Manuel Ausloos and Vincent Daheron; Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Clare Fallon)

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!
   

Next In Others

Venus Williams among sporting figures to get own Barbie doll
Olympics-Driven Barshim still spearheading Qatar's challenge at fourth Games
Olympics-Ambitious Saudis look to homegrown talent for future success
Shahrom and Serena make superb comebacks in Ironman
Wai Ching wins second tower race in same weekend
Olympics-Chile loses equestrian berth after horse's death
Inter Milan owner warns over club's stability as loan expiry date looms
Alice hopes to land Paris ticket
Chee Feng officially retires after 10 years of service
Olympics-Paris 2024 guarantees beds are tiny but robust

Others Also Read