the sharing of basketball and handball between Lille and Paris approved by the organizing committee

the sharing of basketball and handball between Lille and Paris approved by the organizing committee


Will the mapping of Olympic competitions soon be final? Paris 2024 met its board of directors (CA), in its headquarters in Saint-Denis, on Tuesday July 12. The agenda focused mainly on the mapping of venues, with the main topic of discussion being the location of the men’s and women’s basketball events. The option defended and submitted on Tuesday by the boss of Paris 2024, Tony Estanguet, is that of an exchange of sites between Paris and Lille (North) for basketball and handball.

Paris would host the preliminary phases of handball as well as the final phases of basketball. Lille would thus be the host city for the eliminatory phases of basketball and the final phases of handball. “This choice has the advantage of not adding an additional site. It also allows handball to return to Paris, which was the only team sport not to have matches in the capital. This finally gives us the possibility of rebalancing , and to have a stronger project because it is fairer”, indicated Paris 2024 to franceinfo: sport. A solution, which, for the organizing committee, ticks all the boxes in terms of budget and sports equity, while a dispute opposes it to the International Basketball Federation, which rejected several proposals for sites.

Economically too, this option would be interesting, the Pierre-Mauroy stadium having a very large number of spectators. “Our budget is financed by the ticket office, up to a third. It is therefore important that we maintain a major sport in Lille”, adds the Organizing Committee for the 2024 Games. On Tuesday, the Board of Directors gave a mandate for this solution. However, the site will not be final until the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has given the green light. If Paris 2024 does not have a deadline to respect in order to officially determine its map of sites, “IHowever, the sooner the better”, hopefully within the Committee.

Last site still uncertain, but on the right track: that of the shooting. “We had confirmation from the elected officials on the ground that they were committed to following the specifications”, indicated Paris 2024. The shot would thus be repatriated to Chateauroux (Indre), where a “site was built in 2018 by the French Federation”. The International Federation has already validated the idea, according to Paris 2024. This option has the advantage of using an already existing site, which, again, would avoid the construction of an additional temporary site. The IOC will also have to ratify this decision.

Last point discussed: the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games. The organizing committee, which presented its work to the board of directors, imagined a ceremony on Place de la Concorde, in the stadium set up for the Olympic Games, which will notably host 3×3 basketball, breaking and skateboarding. Here again, the board of directors has given a mandate, which allows Paris 2024 to now present its project to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) so that it can choose between this option and the more traditional one of the Stade de France.

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