Paris organisers unveil five Olympic rings mounted on Eiffel Tower

7 June 2024, 10:24

Five Olympic rings mounted on the Eiffel Tower
OLY Paris Olympic Rings. Picture: PA

The event marks 50 days until the start of the Summer Games.

Paris Olympics organisers have unveiled a display of the five Olympic rings mounted on the Eiffel Tower as the French capital marks 50 days until the start of the Summer Games.

The rings, made of recycled French steel, will be displayed on the south side of the 135-year-old landmark in central Paris, overlooking the Seine. Each ring is 30ft in diameter.

Thousands of athletes will parade through the heart of the French capital on boats on the Seine along a 3.7-mile route in the opening ceremony at sunset on July 26.

There will be no shortage of iconic venues at the Paris Olympics.

The tower, nicknamed La Dame de Fer (The Iron Lady), will feature prominently in the July 26-August 11 Paris Games and the following Paralympics.

Men’s and women’s volleyball players will compete at the foot of the 1,083ft monument.

The Eiffel Tower, on a bright clear morning
The rings will be illuminated through until the Paralympics, which begin in August (AP)

They will be watched by nearly 13,000 fans at the temporary Eiffel Tower Stadium on the nearby Champ de Mars, where Parisians and tourists like to have picnics on the grass or watch July 14 firework displays.

The Olympic and Paralympic medals in Paris are being embedded with pieces from a hexagonal chunk of iron taken from the tower.

The hugely popular landmark in central Paris has seen soaring visitor numbers in the lead-up to the 2024 Games.

The rings with the silhouette of human figures on the top
The structure weighs 30 tonnes and is made of recycled steel (AP)

Two huge cranes were used overnight on Friday to lift the 30-tonne rings structure and mount it between the first and second floors of the tower.

The Olympic rings will be illuminated every night with 100,000 LED bulbs through the Paralympic Games that start on August 28 – 17 days after the Olympics’ closing ceremony.

The Paralympics will bring together 4,400 athletes from 180 countries in 549 events and 22 sports. Many sports will take place near landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Versailles and the Grand Palais.

By Press Association

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