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Paris 2024: Official musical theme of the Olympic and Paralympic Games unveiled

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Victor le Masne, composer of the official musical theme of Paris 2024

The Organising Committee of the next Olympic Games has chosen Victor le Masne to be the musical director of the four ceremonies and composer of the official musical theme of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Renowned for his talent and innovation in the field of music, Victor le Masne has written and composed a captivating official musical theme that subtly blends symphonic and electronic sounds to embody the dynamic and universal spirit of Paris 2024. 

The official musical theme of the Paris 2024 Games, entitled ‘Parade’, will be performed live for the first time by the Orchestra of Marseille at the Palais du Pharo on 8 May at 19:30, when the Olympic Flame arrives in Marseille aboard the ‘Belem’ to mark the start of the Games celebrations in France. 

The flame arrives in France this Wednesday after a long journey that began in Olympia on 16 April to mark the 100 days until the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. To discover an extract performed by the Orchestre National de France: https://we.tl/t-1k2adjOpwU.

This musical theme, which will be played throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games, was recorded with the Orchestre National de France and the Chœur et Maitrise de Radio France. It will capture the emotion of sport in a rousing melody that will accompany all the highlights of the Games, from this Wednesday 8 May to the competition. It will be available in several versions, with sounds and rhythms that will change according to the occasion.

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Victor le Masne said, “I am honoured and excited to contribute to the unforgettable experience of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games as composer of the Official Musical Theme and musical director of the Ceremonies. My aim is to create an original soundtrack that will not only accompany the most memorable moments of these Games, but will also remain etched in the memories of all generations.” 

“Victor le Masne sets all the magic of the Paris 2024 Games to music with vivacity, composing both the values of sport and the ambitions of Paris 2024 to set the pace for the coming months,” said Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024

Victor le Masne is also working with Thomas Jolly as the composer of the four Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Ceremonies, each of which will have its own sonic identity inspired by the official musical theme. For 2022, the two worked together on the musical direction of the famous rock opera “Starmania”, for which he produced the new arrangements. 

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Messi says he won’t play for Argentina at Paris Games

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Lionel Messi said he will not be part of Argentina’s squad for the Paris Olympics as he is no longer at an age where he can play in every tournament.

The 36-year-old Inter Miami forward is currently preparing for Argentina’s Copa America title defence, which runs from June 20 to July 14 in the United States.

In February, under-23 manager Javier Mascherano said Messi, who won gold with Argentina at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, had an invitation to join the squad for Paris.

“I talked to Mascherano and the truth is we both understood the situation,” Messi told ESPN.

“It’s hard (to think about the Olympics right now) because we’re in Copa America. It would be two, three straight months of not being with the club, and more than anything I’m not at an age to be in everything.

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“I have to choose carefully, and it would be too much to play two straight tournaments. I’ve been very lucky to play in the Olympics, of winning it together with (Mascherano).

“It was a wonderful experience on a football level. Olympics, U20, memories I’ll never forget.”

The men’s football tournament at the Olympics takes place in July and August. Teams are allowed three overage players in their squads.

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Paris 2024: BFN celebrates Opeyori, plans intensive training in Italy

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The Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) on Friday in Lagos organised a special dinner to send forth the country’s number one badminton star Anuoluwapo Opeyori, who is set to intensify training in Italy ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Opeyori, who has dominated Africa in the men’s singles from 2019 till date, winning four African Championship titles and two African Games titles, secured a spot at the Paris Games last month, becoming the first Nigerian badminton player to qualify for two consecutive Olympics after featuring at Tokyo 2020.

An elated Francis Orbih, President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, said on the occasion that Opeyori had broken the badminton jinx after qualification for the Games in Paris.

“History was made in badminton after Anuoluwapo Opeyori secured a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. I am full of joy because Anu is the first Nigerian badminton player to feature in the men’s singles at the Olympic Games and also the first Nigerian badminton player to attend two Olympics back-to-back,” Orbih stated at the Civic Centre, Lagos, venue of the event.

Speaking with the media after the event, Orbih outlined the federation’s programme for Opeyori, which he said would begin with a three-week training tour of Italy this week.

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He added, “We titled this programme ‘Send forth’ because we intend him to travel to Italy next week (this week) for a training camp camp for about three weeks. After that, the ministry will open its training camp in Germany July 1, he’ll join the team Nigeria there.

“We also intend him to play the Mauritius International and one other championship. After the training camp he needs to go to the court and put to use the skills he acquired in camp. After that he goes straight to the Olympics.”

President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Habu Gumel, also charged Opeyori to put up a fine outing in France.

“I’ll watch all your matches in Paris no matter how tight my schedule will be, so go make Nigerians proud.”

Also present at the event were top dignitaries, including ace comedian and BFN brand ambassador Ali Baba, a former Commissioner for Sports, Lagos State, Enitan Oshodi, DG of the Lagos state Sports Commission Lekan Fatodu as well as representatives of Mutual Benefits Assurance, Mikano Group, Dufil Prima Foods, Avis, Bond Global Energy, Studio 24, Ikoyi Club 1938 officials and members, amongst others.

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Badminton Federation of Nigeria opens Paris 2024 Olympics camp in Lagos

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This way to Paris 2024, Coach Ben Orakpor seems to be telling Anu Opeyori

Ahead of Nigeria’s fourth participation in the badminton event of the Olympics, the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) has opened its training camp in Lagos ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The Paris 2024 will run from July 26th to August 11th. Nigeria had previously in 1996, 2008 and 2020 featured in the badminton events.

Two-time African Games Champion and four-time African Senior Champion, Anuoluwapo Opeyori is Nigeria’s sole representative in the badminton event at the Games. He becomes the first Nigerian badminton player to make back-to-back appearance at the Olympics.

President of the BFN, Francis Orbih revealed that Anuoluwapo Opeyori is paired with two national team players, Victor Ikechukwu and Emmanuel Joseph at the Badmintonn section facility at Ikoyi Club 1938.

Orbih said the BFN has concluded plans for the second stage of camping for Opeyori in Italy.

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He said, “Before the announcement of the ministry’s camping programme, the BFN decided to put our qualified athlete, Anuoluwapo Opeyori in camp alongside two national team players, Victor Ikechukwu and Emmanuel Joseph at the Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos.

The Federation chose Ikoyi Club because it has one of the best badminton facilities in the country and the Federation has been in a collaborative partnership with the Club.

“The players are currently being handled by Coach Ben Orakpor who is one of our experienced coaches in the country. There is no time to waste because we have less than two months until the Paris 2024 Olympics and the Federation wants to ensure Opeyori is in top shape.

“Opeyori only has 10 days in Nigeria before he departs for his first phase of the foreign training camp in Italy. We want him to have access to world-class facilities and play against some top-ranked players in Europe”.

Orbih noted that the African Champion will join the foreign camp organised by the Federal Ministry of Sports in Germany from the 1st to 21st July.

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He said, “We have agreed that Anuoluwapo Opeyori will join the foreign camp organised by the Federal Ministry of Sports in Germany from the 1st to 21st of July and in between play the Mauritius international from 11th to 14th July.

“The Badminton Federation of Nigeria will continue to monitor the progress of Opeyori and hope he surpasses his previous record at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics”.

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