The Parc des expositions de la Porte de Versailles, which should host the basketball competition during the 2024 Olympics, is a place many in the middle consider inappropriate.
For days, critics have been raining on the choice of the hall at the Parc des expositions de la Porte de Versailles, to host the basketball preliminary round for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. A controversy that organizers are struggling to quell.
Recently, the atmosphere has become tense between France’s superstars and vice-champion basketball, such as Yvan Fournier or Rudi Joubert, the International Federation (FIBA) and the organizers of the Paris 2024 tournament.
the reason? The room that is supposed to host the preliminary round of basketball in two years for the Paris Olympics, one of the Parc des Expositions halls, is a completely unsuitable venue for such an event, according to players who discovered a lack of respect for their discipline.
How can we accept sending basketball, the most popular team sport in the Olympics, to the exhibition center? “Ceiling too low, room not adequate,” Evan Fournier tweeted, New York Knicks appeared, March 16. Four days later, Utah Jazz pivot Rudy Gobert was cynical about the room’s height: “I’m not going to play in a room where I hit my head when I shoot, so it doesn’t make sense.”
Furious, almost slingshot, ex-Sports Minister David Doilet relayed it on RMC March 19: “It’s a complete lack of respect, it’s driving me crazy! (…) I find it crazy that we make games on the cheap.” Flights that are not necessarily received in Paris 2024.
“Fournier’s exit is the opposite of what the Games stand for. The strength of the Games lies in their diversity, due to the presence of archery and basketball. Everyone has to compromise,” said a source close to the Olympic movement.
The selection of Hall 6 of the Parc des Expos for the preliminary stage – the final stage to be scheduled at the Accor Hotel Arena – is not new.
Although the preliminary basketball round was originally planned at the Porte de la Chapelle Arena, the venue was moved to the Parc des Expositions in December 2020 as part of a project review that slightly modified the sitemap to provide savings.
Therefore, the organizers confirmed the correctness of the selection of Hall 6 at the Parc des Expos, with the conditional approval of the International Basketball Federation (Fiba).
However, a source close to FIBA says, “We were very surprised by the place.” “The Paris stadium would have told us: Yes, it is special, but we will put all the means. For our part, we have made a list of conditions.
“There were certain things that had to be adjusted, such as the lighting and air conditioning in the room or the humidity that could affect the parquet. Since then, the organizers and Fiba have been regularly discussing and solving these problems as they arise,” confirms a source close to the organizers.
“Paris 2024 Has Not Fulfilled Its Commitments”
However, it seems that the relations between FIBA and Paris 2024 are not as fluid as that. Some within the International Federation believe that Paris 2024 has not fulfilled its commitments and that the problems are far from resolved, especially with regard to the issue of lighting.
“We only received one study ‘lights’ and it is not satisfactory. We agreed for 18 months to study the feasibility of the thing, but the work did not go as quickly as we wanted, and by all means not on the table”, the source close to FIBA regrets.
Technical studies are ongoing but will be settled. It takes time,” qualifies a source close to the regulators. “Things are going fairly well,” Cojo president Tony Estangett confirmed on Tuesday while visiting Marseilles. Other than that time is running out and impatience appears to be gaining FIBA.
On Friday, the meeting of the Fiba Board of Directors should allow them to decide on the choice of room, and to determine whether or not Hall 6 at the Parc des Expositions is appropriate. If Fiba decides to reject it, organizers will find themselves in an awkward position, because according to OCOG’s sporting director, Jean-Philippe Gatine, questioned by L’Equipe, there is no “back-up solution”.
(France Press agency)