After the loss of 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), Seine-Saint-Denis, the poorest department in France, which was promised an Olympic legacy, Paris 2024 venues are changing 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 exchange between arm and basketball, the latter will go to Lille for the qualifying stages.
But after several weeks of negotiations, the organizing committee and the department of Saint-Denis on Tuesday formalized the first changes: departures for shooting and the arrival of boxing in 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
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.”
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 the work of the media village, which will probably host only part of the media, was briefly stopped after judicial trial.
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 agency’s desire to “finish the map” at the July board of directors, an inter-ministerial delegation to the Olympics responsible for 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.