suspense around the sites of basketball, shooting and boxing

The organizing committee of Paris 2024 must turn its head on the map of Olympic sites.

Less than two years after changing the map of the competition sites, the organizers of the Paris 2024 Games are re-creating new tools to capture basketball, but also shooting and boxing, at the risk of making contents.

After the renovation operated in September 2020 to make the economy, which saw swimming pass from Saint-Denis (a suburban town north of Paris) to the west of the capital (in Nanterre), the escalation reached Bourget (north of Paris) and hand to Villeneuve-d’Ascq (near Lille, in the north of France), he did not plan to retouching the map. It was without counting the stars of the French basketball team evolving in the NBA, reluctant to have to play in a hall at the Versailles Show Park for the group stage. A bad buzz on Twitter, led by the international basketball federation according to several observers, 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 carbon emissions … ”Slips an elite.

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. On Wednesday in front of the Association of International Summer Olympic Sports Federations (ASOIF) in Lausanne, this option has been the subject of muscular exchanges. In suggesting solutions «at three o’clock in Paris“Everyone, including the secretary general of the International Basketball Federation, Andreas Zagklis, spoke at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium, a member 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 «should be acceptable to you but also to all stakeholders and public opinion», A taclé le triple olympique champion. He has new brands «budgetary limitsAnd necessityof optimizer». 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. For basketball, meetings should take place next week, the goal being to move from here to the Cojo executive office on June 23rd.

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.

Shooting against boxing?

Le Cojo, which is located in the national center of Châteauroux, some 270 km south of Paris, was back on its way last weekend. «You no longer have a strategy in the aspect related to the political aspect», An expliqué à l’AFP Michel Baczyck, president of la Fédération française de tir. 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, it could possibly recover … the box, for now scheduled on the court Suzanne Lenglen of Roland-Garros, who will benefit from a flexible roof by 2024 Temperature and noise conditions are currently under study. Two years into the event, the organizers are going strong, on all fronts. «It will be the cane (…), the feds will ask for things, the communities too, the mayor of Paris …”Predicts an observer.

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