It is currently passing through France, and the Clippers extended it until 2024, Nicholas Batum Talk to our colleagues from RMC Sport about the future Olympic Games in Paris. In particular, the lack of a place for the preliminary stage of the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, two years before the event.
For the French captain, who intends to play for another two years, he is not bothered by the fact of developing elsewhere than in the Parisian capital, but by the fact that he is faced with such a tough management. for such a meeting.
” I don’t care if we play at night “,” he explains Or not. ” I actually played there at Euro 2015 and it was one of the greatest qualities of my career. I loved playing there and would love to play there again. But this is not the problem. The problem is more than that. We have an Olympics in France, we are an extraordinary European capital… and we ask ourselves this question twenty months ago [les Jeux]. Why do we ask? We must not ask ourselves. We’re in Paris, damn it. […] Our Olympics [chez nous] Twenty months ago, we don’t know where to play volleyball, where to play handball and where to play basketball. […] This is what bothers me. »
“ I don’t want to be the laughingstock of the world. »
Most likely, before heading to the AccorHotels Arena in Bercy for the final stage, the preliminary stage for the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments should take place in Lille. For both economic and logistical issues.
” For us, the best option is to switch the initial stages of handball and basketball “,” pointed In this regard, Michael Aloysio, spokesperson for the 2024 Olympics. We know that the Lille room works for basketball. We organized the European Championship there and it was a huge success, with a record attendance of a basketball game in Europe and an extraordinary atmosphere. […] When you go over all the options, with technical feasibility, overall game balance and budget impact, the one that emerges as the most sensible is Lil. »
A logical statement, because Sports Minister, Amelie Odea Castera, already hinted last week that Pierre-Moroy Stadium was expected to host the first round of basketball tournaments in 2024.
” We will find common ground She said. ” Discussions are progressing well between the FIBA teams and Paris 2024. The IOC is looking into all of this in its own spirit of matchmaking. Today, there is a real choice around Lille. »
For his part, Nicholas Batum is also concerned about the image that this Olympic Games in Paris will send to other places in the world. Especially in the United States, four years before the Los Angeles Olympics …
” The US team is the attraction of the Olympics, the stars, the gods of the Olympics “, delivers on the subject.” It’s a fact, not a basketball highlight. […] All of that can affect the image of my sport and my image of Paris 2024. After that, we will go to Los Angeles in 2028 and I know what we will consider French. I don’t want to be the laughingstock of the world. Because after Paris it will be the top level. »