Paris 2024 Olympics: The preliminary phase of basketball in Lille, a game of musical chairs on the Olympic sites
The preliminary phases of the Paris Olympics basketball events in 2024 will be played in Lille. This announcement, made at the end of a board meeting of the organizing committee (Cojo), should normally put an end to a game of musical chairs born from the departure at the end of March of the basketball events from the Parc des expositions de la Porte de Versailles in Paris. The planned hall had concentrated criticism from several French basketball players.
Since then, the Cojo was looking for a base against a backdrop of tension with the International Federation (Fiba), which did everything to prevent the choice of Lille from being retained. Evan Fournier, Olympic vice-champion in Tokyo, had also criticized this option. With this decision, this pushes handball to play its preliminary phase at the Paris Exhibition Center and the final phase in Lille. A choice that delights the French Handball Federation.
Shooting at Chateauroux
“I think it’s an excellent compromise,” said Olivier Krumbholz, coach of the Blue in a press release. It will allow our athletes to live in the village for a good period of the Olympic Games, but above all to launch their competition by living the experience of this village. Then, we know that the quality of the Pierre-Mauroy stadium, the capacity of these infrastructures in Lille will allow us to make exceptional ends and to strike a blow by filling the stands, for girls as for boys. It’s a formula that really satisfies me. »
In addition, the shooting events normally scheduled on the Essences field in La Courneuve, were also looking for a base because of a problem with the timetable for the delivery of the Seine-Saint-Denis site. The National Center of Châteauroux has been officially chosen. To compensate for this departure, the boxing events have been moved to Seine-Saint-Denis in Villepinte. This new site map still needs to be validated by the International Olympic Committee.
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