Basketball in Lille, shooting in Châteauroux … These changes call into question the desire to organize “built-in games”

Promised Paris 2024 Olympics Limited travel times and the Max Payback Times. In short, “compact games”, easily accessible to athletes and spectators. But the Covid-19 crisis and the specter of inflation decided otherwise. While the President of the Republic summoned the Olympic Committee on Monday 25 July for an “on-site meeting”, franceinfo is reviewing three major changes that have already destabilized the organization of these Games … less and less “stressed”.

Lille will host part of basketball

After several months of arm wrestling with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the Olympic Committee decided, on Wednesday, July 13, in the Board of Directors, to hold the preliminary stage of the basketball tournament at Pierre Moroy Stadium in Lille. Basketball players, especially the NBA stars of the “USA” team, will play matches from the quarter-finals at AccorHotels Arena, in the 12th district of the capital.

The group matches of the tournament were initially scheduled at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris. But the hall drew criticism from many French basketball players, especially because of the high ceiling. France’s Yvan Fournier, the New York Knicks’ bottom line in the NBA and the vice-champion’s Olympic champion in Tokyo, has criticized this choice sharply. Other players on the France squad also expressed their displeasure after Lille was selected in Plan B.

To allow the group stages of basketball to be organized in Lille, the organizing committee had to “executioner”In the words of Toni Estanget of franceinfo, handball, all of whose matches were to be played at the Pierre-Moroy stadium. handball players who wanted “Play also in Paris”so he will be greeted at the Parc des expos in the Porte de Versailles in return.

Châteauroux inherits archery events

Basketball players aren’t the only ones who watched Olympic events move outside the Paris area. The shooting, which was initially scheduled to take place in La Courneuve, in Seine-Saint-Denis, will finally take place at Châteauroux, in Indre. The Essences field in La Courneuve, where the shooting events were planned, was no longer suitable and organizers were looking for a new base. The Châteauroux National Center was finally selected.

LaCourneuve’s communist mayor, Gilles Poe, angry at the loss of an Olympic event, estimated in June that his city and the province of Seine-Saint-Denis should “Out of this is the role of the permanent modification variable.” In turn, the Essences grounds will now serve as the starting point for a Paramarathon and cycling event open to the public, said department head Stefan Trossell.

Philpint gets boxing

In the game of smart musical chairs, Seine-Saint-Denis earned compensation for missing a shot. So the section will host boxing in Villepinte, to the delight of socialist Stefan Trossell, who believes that this discipline “Fully adheres to the DNA of Sein-Sain-Denis” explain“Attractive to young audiences, with strong practice in the territory and important athletes.”

Boxing’s arrival at Seine-Saint-Denis came as a result of intense negotiations conducted over several weeks between the organizing committee and the division, which formalized the decision in June. In 2020, Seine-Saint-Denis has already lost swimming, one of the main disciplines of the Olympic Games, which will not be held in Saint-Denis but in Nanterre, in Hauts-de-Seine. In question, budget revision in order to save money after the Covid-19 crisis.

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