Two years before the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the venue map is still changing. The shooting competition will leave Seine-Saint-Denis, where the qualifying stages of the boxing tournament will take place instead, while basketball has not yet officially found its base.
After losing in swimming in 2020, one of the main disciplines of the Olympic Games, which will be held not in Saint-Denis, but in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine), the poorest department in France, which was promised an Olympic legacy, sees a change of location again .
If all goes well, the finalized map will be presented to the Organizing Committee Board of Directors (Cojo) on July 12th. Still not fixed, in particular the standard exchange between hand and basketball, the latter will go to Lille for the qualifying stages. In this case, in which French basketball players playing in the NBA stepped up and abandoned the Exhibition Park in Porte de Versailles, discussions between Cojo, the International Basketball Federation and the IOC (International Olympic Committee) are fierce. Ultimately, the IOC will “decide”, the organizing committee explained on Tuesday, June 21.
Evan Fournier expressed dissatisfaction with the organization of the 2024 Olympics.
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On the Seine-Saint-Denis side, after weeks of negotiations, the organizing committee and the department formalized the first changes on Tuesday: layoffs and boxing are coming to the department. If their respective landings are not yet approved, it is the city of Châteauroux (Indre) that holds the rope for shooting and the city of Villepinte (Saint-Saint-Denis) for boxing, the boxing finals remain at Roland Garros.
Boxing DNA 93 years
According to the president of the department, Stéphane Troussel (PS), this arbitrage allows his territory to “go out of the game”, thanks to boxing that “perfectly matches the Seine-Saint-Denis DNA” and represents “attractiveness”. for a young audience, with strong ground practice and important athletes.”
We had to fight, but we left the game. This is very good news for our territory and its inhabitants. eshttps://t.co/aZdyTR8Qpa
— Stephan Troussel (@StephanTroussel) June 21, 2022
He explained that the “red line” was for the agency not to lose the event. A “stronger balance” was added by the organizing committee of the department that is building an athletes’ village or an Olympic aquatic center (water polo, synchronized swimming and diving competitions) in Saint-Denis.
Why these changes?
As of this winter, the Essences area at La Courneuve, a former army base that was in the process of being cleared, was no longer suitable, apparently becoming too small for shooting. A splinter for the organizers who have already retouched the map in the fall of 2020, and for the state, which is trying not to undress the department.
Trussel said the land will now serve as the starting point for paramarathon and cycling competitions open to the public. Other concessions received are sitting volleyball (manual sport) and the pentathlon fencing competition, which will also take place in Seine-Saint-Denis. If the president of the department shows his satisfaction, the fact remains that the whole area around Le Bourget is experiencing many setbacks. Firstly, due to the fact that several metro lines will not arrive in time for the Olympics, and secondly, due to the fact that work on the media village (which will probably host only part of the media) was briefly stopped after going to court.
Budget revision to come
A stone’s throw from here is the Les Essences stadium, which loses the Olympic competition. A little further on is the future Aubervilliers training pool, which has been leaked a lot of ink because it cuts into country gardens whose fate is unclear.
Two years before the 2024 Olympics (July 26-August 11), the state shares the department’s desire to “finish the map” at the July board of directors, the inter-ministerial delegation at the Olympics in charge of coordinating all participants said.
Because as soon as these changes are confirmed, as well as their positive or negative consequences for the budget, we will have to go back to the calculator and revise expenses and income. The Cojo Audit Committee’s report is due at the end of June to take stock before a year-end budget review. Due to inflation and contract awards that will bring planned prices into line with actual prices, this budget revision is poised to be difficult.
In mid-May, the president of the organizing committee, Tony Estangue, announced the color during a meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), explaining that “new risks lie” on the budget. It currently stands at €4 billion funded by ticket sales, contributions from the IOC and sponsors.