The organizers of the Paris 2024 Games are still scrambling to find a place for basketball, but also shooting and boxing, at the risk of creating dissatisfaction.
After the renovation operated in September 2020 to make the economy, which saw swimming pass from Saint-Denis to Nanterre, the escalation to reach Bourget north of Paris, at hand in Villeneuve-d’Ascq near Lille) il was not intended to renew the card.
It was without counting the stars of the French basketball team evolving in the NBA, reluctant to have to play in a hall of the Versailles Fair Park, for the group stage. A bad buzz led the JO organizing committee (Cojo) to abandon the site.
Since then, these are all azimuts consultations. Between the international federation, the CIO, the mayor of Paris, the Cojo… “The equation is not simple”, they explain everywhere. The city hall of Paris, the host city of the JO, which has its word to say, would have kept basketball in Paris. “Far from Paris it increases the carbon emission…”, slipped an election.
Basketball in the North, hand in Paris?
The last option on the table, which has not yet been validated, is an exchange with handball that must take place in Villeneuve-d’Ascq. This one will play at the basketball court at the Parc des Expos de Versailles and will return for the finals in the North as the basketball, himself, will be in Bercy for his finals.
“Everyone wants to play in the center of Paris, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower”
On Wednesday in front of the Association of International Olympic Sports Federations in Lausanne, this option has been the subject of muscular exchanges. Citing “three hours in Paris” solutions that were not acceptable, everyone understood that the general secretary of the international basketball federation, Andreas Zagklis, spoke at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium, a fief of the Lille football club.
Tony Estanguet, president of the organizing committee, replied: “Everyone wants to play in the center of Paris, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.” The caprice of the basketball players is sometimes bad at Cojo. The solution “must be acceptable to you but also to all parties and public opinion”, said the triple Olympic champion.
He re -branded “budget limits” and the need to “optimize”. In the midst of a period of inflation, the Cojo budget, whose expenses and revenues will be passed this year to the near end, is at risk of recognizing recruits.
The goal is to shift by June 23rd.
Shooting against boxing?
Another explosive equation: the shooting test site at La Courneuve (north of Paris, in Seine-Saint-Denis). Located on Essences Field, a former army field under pollution, it is now in balance because it would not be ready in time.
This question is the politically reasonable vehicle is once again the Seine-Saint-Denis which would cost the costs of a change. And especially in the area around Bourget, which has seen complaints stop the media village site, new metro stations are not arriving in time and are now at risk of seeing shooting tests unfold.
Le Cojo, which is located in the national center of Châteauroux, some 270 km south of Paris, was back on its way last weekend. “This is no longer the technical aspect that will play out but the political aspect,” explained Michel Baczyck, president of the Fédération française de tir.
The organizers in the hard
The communities of Indre are, they are, rather excited about the idea of welcoming the JO and are already looking to build a site belonging to the Chinese in order to satisfy the need for housing offers.
But if Seine-Saint-Denis loses the shot, she could possibly recover in the box, for the time being scheduled on the court Suzanne Lenglen of Roland-Garros, who will benefit from a roof available from 2024. The temperature and noise conditions are currently under study.