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Sports Minister Amélie Oudea-Castera and Paris 2024 Organizing Committee President Tony Estanguet during a visit to Cojo headquarters in Saint-Denis on May 31.
After losing swimming in 2020, one of the main Olympic events will not be held in Saint-Denis, but in Hauts-de-Seine, France’s poorest province, which has been pledged to be the Olympic legacy, once again seeing a change in location.
If all goes well, the revised map will be presented to the Organizing Committee (Cojo) Board of Directors on July 12. Nothing has been decided, especially the standard swap between handball and basketball, the latter heading to Lille for qualifying.
In this document, which has seen French basketball players step up in the NBA and reject at the Parc des Expos at Porte de Versailles, discussions between Cojo, the International Basketball Federation and the IOC (International Olympic Committee) are heated. in the endthe IOC “will decide,” the organizing committee explained on Tuesday, June 21.
On the Seine-Saint-Denis side, after weeks of negotiations, the organizing committee and the department formalized the first change on Tuesday: Shooting leaves and boxing arrive at the department.
If their respective landings have not been verified, it is Chateauroux (Andre) for the shooting, Villepinte (Seine-Saint-Denis) for the boxing, and the boxing final will still be at Roland-Garros.
93’s boxing DNA
According to the head of the department, Stéphane Troussel (PS), the arbitration allows his territory “back off”with boxing “Perfect in the DNA of Seine-Saint-Denis”and represents a “Attraction to a young public, with a strong practice and important athletes in the region”.
This “Red Line” He explained that this is so the department doesn’t lose an event.
“Stronger balance sheet” Organizing committees have been added for the department where the Athlete’s Village is located or the Olympic Aquatics Centre (Water Polo, Synchronized Swimming and Diving) in Saint-Denis.
Why are there these changes?
Beginning this winter, the Essences site in La Courneuve, a former military site that was being cleared, no longer fit, apparently became too small to accommodate shooting events. It’s a thorn in the side for organizers already polishing the map for fall 2020 and for countries eager not to divest the sector.
Stefan Trussel, president of the Seine-Saint-Denis department, is questioned by the Senate in Paris on July 17, 2019.
Mr Trussel said the land would now serve as the starting point for marathon and cycling events open to the public. Other concessions won: Seated volleyball (hand sport) and pentathlon fencing, also to be held at Seine-Saint-Denis.
If the department’s president is satisfied, the fact remains that the entire region around Le Bourget is experiencing many setbacks.
First because several subway lines were unable to make it to the Olympics in time, and then because work at the Media Village – which may only accommodate part of the media – was temporarily halted after resorting to the law.
Budget revision coming soon
A stone’s throw away, it is now the site of Les Essences, which lost its Olympic programme. Gilles Poux Angry, PCF mayor of La Courneuve, believes that his city and the department “Must get rid of this role of permanently adjusting variables”.
Two years ahead of the 2024 Olympics (July 26-August 11), the state shares the sector’s hopes “The map is done” On the board of directors in July, it was stated that an inter-ministerial delegation to the Olympics was responsible for coordinating all athletes.
Because once the changes are verified, and how positive or negative they impact the budget, we’ll have to go back to the calculator and review expenses and income.
The report of Cojo’s audit committee must be submitted by the end of June for evaluation ahead of the budget review scheduled for the end of the year.
Between inflation and contracts being awarded to match planned prices with actual prices, this budget revision commitment is complicated.
In mid-May, Tony Estanguet, chairman of the organizing committee, explained that ‘New risk trade-off’ on a budget. Currently 4 billion euros, funded by ticketing, IOC donations and sponsors.