Paris 2024: schedule of events, history, athletes, judo at the Olympic Games

Published by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Published on June 13th, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.
It is one of the most practiced martial arts in the world, and a discipline where France stands out. Find out everything you need to know about judo before the Olympic and Paralympic Games arrive in Paris in 2024.

It's a much-loved and much-watched sport to look forward to: judo is one of the disciplines practiced during these Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The events are contested at theChamps-de-Mars arena from July 27 to August 3, 2024.

With over 600,000 members in France, judo has already captured the sporting hearts of the French. This martial art from Japan is as much a sport as it is a philosophy of life. Its practitioners practice "the proper use of energy", and owe each other "mutual aid and prosperity", according to the principles laid down by Jigorō Kanō, the creator of judo.

Judo is a sport created in 1882 by Jigorō Kanō, a martial arts master who promoted a more moral, less brutal method of combat. According to legend, it was while observing the snow lying on the trees that Jigorō Kanō imagined a martial art where smaller children could defeat stronger opponents, using their flexibility and energy. The weight of the snow would break large tree branches, while the more supple would simply bend and drop their load. An idea taken up and developed by the master of combat.

Judokas duel on a tatami for five-minute bouts (for adults). There are several ways to score points and win the fight. Generally speaking, the aim is to overturn your opponent and immobilize him or her on the ground, notably by performing an arm lock.

In France, judo first appeared in the 1930s, but developed particularly strongly after the Second World War. It wasn't until 1972 that judo became a permanent fixture at the Olympic Games, and it was not until 20 years later that women's events were added to the program.

The sport is divided into weight categories, and by gender. In 2024, there are seven tournaments for women (-48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg, +78kg), seven for men (-60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg) and one mixed team tournament. The events take place at theArena Champ de Mars, between July 27 and August 3.

If France loves judo so much, it's because we excel at it! At the world championships, Teddy Riner is the most decorated judoka in history, with 11 medals, including 10 gold. He is well ahead of Japan's Naoya Ogawa (seven medals, including 4 gold). And that's not all! On the third step of the podium, we find two Japanese, and another Frenchman: David Douillet, with his four gold medals.

On the women's side, success was also on the cards: Clarisse Agbégnénou is ranked fourth in the world in terms of most gold medals (five titles), and third in the world in terms of most medals (five gold, two silver).

During the Olympic Games, too , the Blues stand out. Here, the champion remains - for the time being - Tadahiro Nomura. The Japanese is the only judoka to have achieved individual Olympic champion status three times. He triumphed in 1996, 2000 and 2004. But Teddy Riner is just behind him, with two individual Olympic titles and one in the mixed team event. In 2024, the French intend to shine again. Master Teddy Riner makes no secret of his ambition to become a legend in his sport.

Would you like to take up judo too? There are over 5,000 clubs in France, including more than 1,000 in the Paris region. To find one near you, visit the French Judo Federation website.

The program at the Paris Olympics

Saturday, July 27th
  • 10:00 -48 kg - women, preliminary round, 1/32 final
  • 10:00 -60 kg - men, preliminary round, 1/32 final
  • 10:28 -48 kg - female, playoff, 1/16 final
  • 10:28 -60 kg - men, playoff, 1/16 final
  • 12:20 -48 kg - female, playoff, 1/8 final
  • 12:20 -60 kg - men, playoff, 1/8 final
  • 13:16 -48 kg - women, quarter-finals
  • 13:16 -60 kg - men, quarter-finals
  • 16:00 -48 kg - women, repechage
  • 16:17 -48 kg - women, semi-finals
  • 16:34 -60 kg - men, repechage
  • 16:51 -60 kg - men, semi-finals
  • 17:18 -48 kg - women, bronze A bout 🥇
  • 17:28 -48 kg - women, combat bronze B 🥇
  • 17:38 -48 kg - women, final 🥇
  • 17:49 -60 kg - men, combat bronze A 🥇
  • 17:59 -60 kg - men, combat bronze B 🥇
  • 18:09 -60 kg - men, final 🥇
Sunday, July 28
  • 10:00 -66 kg - men, preliminary round, 1/32 final
  • 10:00 -52 kg - women, preliminary, 1/32 final
  • 10:28 -66 kg - men, playoff, 1/16 final
  • 10:28 -52 kg - women, quarter-finals
  • 12:20 -66 kg - men, preliminary round, 1/8 final
  • 13:16 -66 kg - men, quarter-finals
  • 16:00 -66 kg - men, repechage
  • 16:17 -66 kg - men, semi-finals
  • 16:34 -52 kg - women, repechage
  • 16:51 -52 kg - women, semi-finals
  • 17:18 -66 kg - men, bronze A bout 🥇
  • 17:28 -66 kg - men, combat bronze B 🥇
  • 17:38 - -66 kg - men, final 🥇
  • 17:49 - -52 kg - women, combat bronze A 🥇
  • 17:59 -52 kg - women, combat bronze B 🥇
  • 18:09 --52 kg - women, final 🥇
Monday, July 29
  • 10:00 - -57 kg - female, preliminary, 1/32 final
  • 10:00 -73 kg - men, playoff, 1/32 final
  • 10:28 -57 kg - female, playoff, 1/16 final
  • 10:28 -73 kg - men, playoff, 1/16 final
  • 12:20 - -57 kg - female, playoff, 1/8 final
  • 12:20 -73 kg - men, playoff, 1/8 final
  • 13:16 -57 kg - women, quarter-finals
  • 13:16 -73 kg - men, quarter-finals
  • 16:00 -57 kg - women, repechage
  • 16:17 -57 kg - women, semi-finals
  • 16:34 -73 kg - men, repechage
  • 16:51 -73 kg - men, semi-finals
  • 17:18 -57 kg - women, bronze A bout 🥇
  • 17:28 - -57 kg - women, combat bronze B 🥇
  • 17:38 - -57 kg - women, final 🥇
  • 17:49 - -73 kg - men, combat bronze A 🥇
  • 17:59 - -73 kg - men, combat bronze B 🥇
  • 18:09 -73 kg - men, final 🥇
Tuesday, July 30
  • 10:00 -81 kg - men, preliminary round, 1/32 final
  • 10:00 -63 kg - women, preliminary, 1/32 final
  • 10:28 -81 kg - men, playoff, 1/16 final
  • 10:28 -63 kg - female, playoff, 1/16 final
  • 12:20 -81 kg - men, playoff, 1/8 final
  • 12:20 -63 kg - female, playoff, 1/8 final
  • 13:16 -81 kg - men, quarter-finals
  • 13:16 -63 kg - women, quarter-finals
  • 16:00 -81 kg- men, repechages
  • 16:17 -81 kg - men, semi-finals
  • 16:34 -63 kg - women, repechage
  • 16:51 -63 kg - women, semi-finals
  • 17:18 -81 kg - men, bronze A bout 🥇
  • 17:28 -81 kg - men, combat bronze B 🥇
  • 17:38 -81 kg - men, final 🥇
  • 17:49 - -63 kg - women, combat bronze A 🥇
  • 17:59 - -63 kg - women, combat bronze B 🥇
  • 18:09 -63 kg - women, final 🥇
Wednesday, July 31
  • 10:00 -70 kg - female, preliminary, 1/32 final
  • 10:00 -90 kg - men, preliminary, 1/32 final
  • 10:28 -70 kg - female, playoff, 1/16 final
  • 10:28 -90 kg - men, playoff, 1/16 final
  • 12:20 -70 kg - female, playoff, 1/8 final
  • 12:20 -90 kg - men, playoff, 1/8 final
  • 13:16 -70 kg - women, quarter-finals
  • 13:16 -90 kg - men, quarter-finals
  • 16:00 -70 kg - women, repechage
  • 16:17 -70 kg - women, semi-finals
  • 16:34 -90 kg - men, repechage
  • 16:51 -90 kg - men, semi-finals
  • 17:18 -70 kg - women, bronze A bout 🥇
  • 17:28 -70 kg - women, combat bronze B 🥇
  • 17:38 -70 kg - women, final 🥇
  • 17:49 -90 kg - men, combat bronze A 🥇
  • 17:59 -90 kg - men, combat bronze B 🥇
  • 18:09 -90 kg - men, final 🥇
Thursday, August 1
  • 10:00 - -100 kg - men, preliminary round, 1/32 final
  • 10:00 -78 kg - female, playoff, 1/32 final
  • 10:28 -100 kg - men, playoff, 1/16 final
  • 10:28 -78 kg - female, playoff, 1/16 final
  • 12:20 -100 kg - men, playoff, 1/8 final
  • 12:20 - 78 kg - female, playoff, 1/8 final
  • 13:16 -100 kg - men, quarter-finals
  • 13:16 -78 kg - women, quarter-finals
  • 16:00 -100 kg - men, repechage
  • 16:17 -100 kg - men, semi-finals
  • 16:34 -78 kg - women, repechage
  • 16:51 -78 kg - women, semi-finals
  • 17:18 -100 kg - men, bronze A bout 🥇
  • 17:28 -100 kg - men, combat bronze B 🥇
  • 17:38 - -100 kg - men, final 🥇
  • 17:49 -78 kg - women, combat bronze A 🥇
  • 17:59 -78 kg - women, combat bronze B 🥇
  • 18:09 -78 kg - women, final 🥇
Friday, August 2
  • 10:00 - +78 kg - female, preliminary, 1/32 final
  • 10:00 - +100 kg - men, preliminary, 1/32 final
  • 10:28 - +78 kg - female, elimination, 1/16 final
  • 10:28 - +100 kg - male, playoff, 1/16 final
  • 12:20 - +78 kg - female, elimination, 1/8 final
  • 12:20 - +100 kg - men, elimination, 1/8 final
  • 13:16 - +78 kg - women, quarter-finals
  • 13:16 - +100 kg - men, quarter-finals
  • 16:00 - +78 kg - women, repechage
  • 16:17 - +78 kg - women, semi-finals
  • 16:34 - +100 kg - men, repechage
  • 16:51 - +100 kg - men, semi-finals
  • 17:18 - +78 kg - women, bronze A bout 🥇
  • 17:28 - +78 kg - women, combat bronze B 🥇
  • 17:38 - +78 kg - women, final 🥇
  • 17:49 - +100 kg - men, combat bronze A 🥇
  • 17:59 - +100 kg - men, combat bronze B 🥇
  • 18:09 - +100 kg - men, final 🥇
Saturday, August 3
  • 08:00 - Mixed team, playoffs
  • 08:00 - Mixed team, heats, 1/8 final
  • 09:40 - Mixed team, 1/4 finals
  • 10:40 - Mixed team, repechage
  • 11:15 - Mixed team, semi-finals
  • 16:00 - Mixed team, bronze medal A 🥇
  • 16:40 - Mixed team, bronze medal B 🥇
  • 17:20 - Mixed team, final
Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From July 27th, 2024 to August 3rd, 2024

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    Location

    Place Joffre
    75007 Paris 7

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