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门票太贵交通设施老旧 巴黎奥运会“可达性”遭质疑 The world’s biggest sporting event is coming to Paris. Not everyone’s happy

中国日报网 2023-06-12 17:37




Olympic rings seen in front of the Eiffel Tower to celebrate the IOC official announcement that Paris will host the 2024 Olympics. Photo/Reuters


The date is set, venues have been chosen, tickets are on sale.



One hundred years after the Olympics last graced the streets of Paris, the city is braced for the return of the world’s largest sporting event next summer.



While organizers and the French government claim that it’ll be the most inclusive games yet, a growing chorus of voices isn’t convinced.



Accessibility is a main concern, both financially due to the eye-watering cost of tickets, and for disabled people who worry about navigating Paris’ decades-old transport infrastructure.



Flavien Lallemand had barely made it on the Paris 2024 ticketing site, before deciding it wasn’t worth it.



"Crazy, it was just crazy,” the 23-year-old developer told CNN of the price of the available tickets.



"It’s a shame, it’s being done in our city, it’s just next door, we’ll be bothered by all the visitors etc; we’ll be impacted but we won’t have the positive sides,” he said, adding that he’ll likely end up watching the games on TV at home.



Many French people have taken to social media to protest the cost of tickets, complaining that those available are were well beyond average budgets.



It’s an embarrassing distraction for the games organizers, who have trumpeted the events accessibility credentials.



"Paris 2024 will be the first Games to focus on solidarity and inclusivity,” boasts their official site.



The cheapest tickets for the main games were put on sale from 24 euros ($26), with Paralympic tickets sold from 15 euros ($16). However, these tickets were limited in number and often were for tournaments like basketball or soccer taking place in other French cities. By the time many sports fans were able to purchase tickets, more affordable options were often scarce.



Unlike past Games, Paris 2024 set up a “games pack” purchase system. Members of the public were asked to sign up for a lottery draw for the chance to buy tickets. From mid-March, when sales started, lottery winners had a 48-hour window to buy tickets from a minimum of three events, reserving the same number of tickets for each session.



For those hoping to see just one sport, it meant potentially tripling their budget, although organizers have promised to allow resale of unwanted tickets next spring.



"The price makes me sick,” former Olympic gymnast Marine Debauve said of the 690 euros ($742) that tickets to a gymnastics final event would cost her.



"It may be easier to participate in the Olympics than see it as a spectator in my own country,” she said on Facebook, echoing the anger of current athletes at not being able to secure tickets for their families.



One French 5,000-meter runner, Jimmy Gressier, said on social media that inviting 10 relatives to see him compete would cost between 6,000 to 7,000 euros ($6,400 to $7,500), according to CNN affiliate BFMTV.



He said the ticketing was “really exorbitant,” especially for what “is fundamentally an affordable sport for all and accessible, and there aren’t great stars.”



"I understand, I’m sorry they’re disappointed,” Paris 2024 Chief Tony Estanguet told CNN affiliate BFMTV-RMC Sport in March, adding that the second phase of ticketing, in May, allowed the public to purchase individual tickets.



"We know there’s much more demand than supply,” regarding tickets, Estanguet added.



Some 10% of the approximately 10 million tickets on sale for the games are priced at 24 euros, with half on sale for under 50 euros ($54). Organizers say the Games’ pricing isn’t more expensive than the London 2012 Olympics.



In contrast to past Games, the Paris 2024 opening ceremony will be held along a stretch of the River Seine, which crosses the city, offering unprecedented (and mostly free) access to the competition’s overture.



Even so, the best views of the floating parade from the river banks will be ticketed, with some spots on sale for as much as 2,700 euros ($2,900).



Paris 2024 organizers have boasted that inclusion is at the heart of the project and that the Paralympic Games next September will be the “most accessible ever,” styling itself as a leader in accessibility.



But that’s little relief for disabled visitors, who will have few accessible ways to get around the city.



Paris’ more-than-century-old metro network, riddled with staircases and lacking in elevators, is notoriously inaccessible for disabled passengers.



Currently, only one metro line is entirely step-free, the M14 line that traverses the city. Only an estimated 10% of the network’s 332 stations will be accessible for wheelchair users by the Games.





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