The Paris 2024 Organising Committee, which will organise the next Olympic and Paralympic Games, has submitted an official proposal to the Unicode Consortium requesting the addition of four Para sport emojis to this now-universal language.
The initiative, which is supported by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), French National Paralympic Committee (CNPSF) and numerous French and International Olympians and Paralympians, seeks to increase the representation and inclusion of people with disabilities through sport.
Blind Football, Para Athletics, Para Swimming and Wheelchair Tennis, pictured above, are the four that have been submitted.
The proposal aims to give Para sport athletes the visibility and recognition they deserve, while raising awareness to drive further change in attitudes towards disability.
Emojis are now an essential part of everyday communication worldwide. In recent years, they have become increasingly representative of society, integrating different skin tones and hair colours, as well as people with disabilities. However, there remains a campaign to be fought for the representation of diversity in sport.
“Paris 2024 is convinced that sport can be a powerful driver of social inclusion, self-acceptance and openness to others. It’s crucial that our incredible champions with disabilities are represented in this universal language,” said Tony Estanguet, President of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee.
“The emoji project reflects Paris 2024’s commitment to bring the same level of ambition to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, with the same spectacular venues and, for the first time, a common emblem across both Games.”
Paris 2024 is calling on people around the world to get behind the initiative by showing their support on social media with the hashtag #ParaEmojis2024.
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