2024 Olympics in Paris: Force French Handball Federation players to play in the capital

This is the Cold War between the French Handball Federation (FFHB) and the International Basketball Federation (Fiba). On Tuesday, the Board of Directors of the Olympic Organizing Committee (Cojo) will meet to consider relocating the Olympic venues two years after the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Therefore, FFHB President Philippe Bana chose to play the final card by sending a letter to the Minister of Sports and Amelieude Castella of the Olympic and Paralympic Games on Saturday, July 9th.

In this document, which Le Parisien could consult, the leader of the national handball organization requires French players to play in the capital during the next Olympics. Indeed, it is Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille (north) that is currently hosting the handball game. “A quality site where Olympic champions play with joy and pride,” claims Philip Bana, but Philip Bana says, “The experience of these champion athletes has changed (…) and is completely out of Paris. It was eliminated. “

French handball bosses rely on a list of French men’s and women’s handball prizes that “give France many medals and are often at the forefront of French sports.”

View of Hall 6 of the Paris Exhibition Center

However, the letter is not written in a desperate tone, as the FFHB has good reason to consider moving the handball game to Paris in 2024. And, for good reason, Kojo and Fiba have decided to abandon Hall 6 of the Paris Exhibition for more than three months. Due to many technical constraints, the center hosting basketball games.

Therefore, it is possible to bring some of the handball back to Paris and play a preliminary basketball round before the phase final at the Accor Hotel Arena at Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille, which had already held the European Championship in this area in 2015. There is sex.

For Cojo, this option has two advantages. On the one hand, it is systematic as it allows the two teams to rebalance the program by allowing Olympic champion French handball to be played in Paris. On the other hand, it is economical because you can also avoid economic loss thanks to the receiving capacity as a result of the reel infrastructure. “Our athletes and French handball supporters didn’t understand if this opportunity was swept away for a misunderstood purpose,” said Philip Bana. The balance between our collective sports is disrupted and becomes an incomprehensible injustice for our athletes who are fairly cautious about these issues. »»

Fiva wants basketball to stay in Paris

Even if he accepts the abandonment of Hall 6 of the Paris Exhibition Center, Fiva hopes that the basketball tournament will remain in the capital or the Paris region and the team will be able to stay in the Olympic Village. International basketball groups want to investigate all the tracks in Paris and Ile-de-France, especially as they point out technical issues with air conditioning in Pierre Mauroy Stadium.

Among these trucks is the exchange of badminton at the Arena de la Chapel, but Cojo has no other site with a high enough ceiling to accommodate this area and is ready to open a new site. It points out that it will cost millions of euros.

Another option Fiva considered: the Villepinte (Seine-Saint-Denis) exhibition center in the northeast of Paris. By moving there the first planned boxing at the French Open’s Sae Yamamoto-Renren Court, Kojo got Fiva’s attention on this site, which includes several holes.

The Olympic Organizing Committee is now obliged to show that Lille is the best technical and financial solution for basketball and to provide research to prove that other paths are being explored.