League A: China’s possible arrivals split French volleyball

I wasn’t kidding! This Wednesday, National Volleyball League President Yves Bouger confirmed at a press conference that the New Federal State had “contacted him within the framework of an international sporting event aimed at preparation.” [son] Men’s team at the 2024 Paris Olympics “. Information revealed by Le Parisien on June 25th. In fact, this choice integrates the two seasons of the League A Championship from the beginning of the next school year.

The purpose is to help international people of the Middle Assyrian Empire prepare as much as possible in France before tackling the convention. The practices that already exist in certain individual sports, such as American swimming and athletics, are reminiscent of Bouget, but unprecedented in the collective arena. The league also provides French technicians for the selection of China to be a coach’s assistant.

“I’m not surprised by this approach, the LNV bosses approached in the spring continue. They are practical and France is the Olympic champion … it plays in the league and two European finals last season. It is a recognition of the know-how of French professional volleyball. If it is realized, we are pleased with such a possibility. It will be broadcast in front of potentially 1 billion viewers (Editor’s Note: Due to the time difference, the selection match, which will be played all at 3 pm on Saturday, will be broadcast live on Chinese TV CCTV.) Make me love you. »»

Remember that there is a “championship and spillover effect for the player”. According to Bouget, the list of candidates (clubs or local governments) hosting Asian delegations is important. He says it is a “tremendous economic boost” and a “breakthrough in French volleyball.” It is listed as a place of residence for cities such as Paris, Ile-de-France, Orleans and even Vendée Space in Muilleron Le Captif.

In return, the league receives checks that fluctuate between € 1 million and € 1.5 million. “We never give numbers because of the confidentiality protocol,” warns Bouget, who is familiar with Chinese philosophy. “I spent 30 years there, two months a year. It’s important to note that everything can change suddenly.” Everything is still in its infancy and this agreement has not yet been finalized. “He warns.

The issue of sports fairness?

Especially because there are still many gray areas. “China has a special and delicate geopolitical situation, which is not easy,” the club leader confesses. Others have pointed out the issue of sport fairness and the possibility of a championship distorted by the “match-dependent motivation” of China’s choices.

The latter, where all points are counted, is not affected by the demotion, but can participate in the playoffs. On the other hand, she cannot be a French champion. In other words, if it passes the qualifying and wins the final, the unfortunate finalist will be crowned.

“I don’t know how the moral value of equity is an issue in participating in the Chinese championship,” Bouget replies. Athletes will be the players listed in VNL (World League, France also participates in the tournament)This season. China is the 17th country in the world and a great volleyball team. If they come to prepare for the 2024 convention, it’s not about stringing pearls … they are very motivated. In other words, they play every match with the same strength and involvement. “Therefore, we will support the choice to defeat the French team at the tournament,” ironically the player.

The legal aspect of such files seems to be the main issue. A big black dot. “The project is very advanced, but many specific legal points need to be clarified in order to be approved by the ministry (“Sports), Bouget, who works transparently with the French authorities, explains. It’s not easy. They need to be lifted. France is a country of rights and must be respected. »»

Bouget’s announcement does not remove all doubts about French club leaders and players. “There are a lot of questions and the problem will be political,” said former international Yannick Bazan, president of the athletes’ union. The final decision is neither a league nor a federation, it is a ministry. If he thinks it’s impossible, it won’t happen. »»

“We need to resolve by the end of next week.”

“I’m not against it in principle. I have to try something new for French volleyball,” says Joel Roger, president of the Presi Robinson Club. Financial contributions help rescue clubs that are costly and have to pay half of the production rights for matches broadcast on beIN Sports. This should take people to the hall and bring visibility to French volleyball. »»

“The good thing is to talk about volleyball, Bazin laughs. When we surveyed the players, the results are very different. If we have to experience it to grow the championship, we are opposed. No, but I hope the club will receive more than the amount announced (Approximately 50,000 euros per club per season), It’s not enough to just want to build itself. »»

The final decision (whether or not it is an agreement) should be announced within a few days. “It must be resolved at the end of next week,” guarantees Yves Bouget.