Paris 2024 insists on choosing Lille for the first week of basketball at the Olympics.

Due to the decision “for technical reasons” not to hold the preliminary round of basketball in hall 6 of the Porte de Versailles exhibition center (matches will be held in Bercy from the quarterfinals), the OCOG and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) cannot agree on the venue for the first matches of the Olympic tournament . FIBA wants to stay close to the Olympic Village while Paris 2024 wants to have an exchange between the start of handball (originally planned in Lille) and basketball. As such, COJO wishes Karabatić and his family to play their playoffs at the Porte de Versailles, thus losing their place to Lille in basketball in the early days of the Games. An option that FIBA ​​does not want to hear about, which at the moment does not want to discuss this topic.


“We continue to discuss with FIBA, pointing to the side of Paris 2024. We are trying to explain why this is the best solution for us. » In fact, this inversion between basketball and handball for the first week would have been the most profitable choice for Paris 2024 financially (income from the Pierre Maurois stadium!), for handball players who could benefit from the experience of the Games, and for other sports. sports that will not be affected. The hypothesis of hosting basketball at Arena 2 in Porte de la Chapelle would require finding another badminton venue. Which from a political point of view would not be easy. And offering Lille badminton instead of basketball would also not be the best solution in terms of ticket sales.

Paris 2024 would offer no other option in the capital

This is a confrontation with FIBA, which, according to our information, remains firm in its positions. Of course, there are elements of prestige in basketball in the capital, but technical elements also matter. Thus, the lack of air conditioning in the Stade Pierre-Mauroy would have made the floor slippery and dangerous for the athletes. From a source familiar with the matter, it also appears that Paris 2024 did not offer any other options in Paris (or its immediate suburbs), despite requests from FIBA. The fact that Paris 2024 announced on Tuesday the opening of two new venues (probably Villepinte and Chateauroux) should give the International Basketball Federation food for thought.

If differences persist, the decision is made by the IOC, which takes part in the meetings between FIBA ​​and the OCOG. We are confident that at the Paris 2024 conference, Lausanne will agree that the proposed solution is the best for everyone. Some participants outside the OCOG argue that the IOC is also pushing for this option, which is most in line with Agenda 2020 dear President Thomas Bach.

The board’s decision is expected to be made on July 12, but Paris is not setting a deadline.


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