The organizers of the Paris 2024 Olympics and the International Basketball Federation are giving up using the Paris Expo Park for the Olympic basketball tournament, a choice that had been widely criticized, they announced on Thursday. This change, justified by technical reasons, comes after a controversy launched by the stars of the French basketball team, Olympic vice-champion in title, who were indignant at the choice of this site. The new site has not yet been chosen. “Paris 2024 and FIBA have been working together for several months on solutions to provide the best competition conditions on the site of the Arena Paris Sud 6”, write the Cojo and Fiba in a press release.
“But the results of the latest technical studies have led Paris 2024 and FIBA not to keep the site, due to the specificities specific to the practice of basketball,” they added. The very latest studies concerning “light” in particular were not satisfactory, the Cojo (organizing committee) was told, in particular because of the height of this hall. The events from the quarter-finals will be held for men and women at Bercy, as originally planned.
“How can we accept to see basketball, the most popular collective sport at the Olympics, being sent to the exhibition center? Ceiling too low, room not suitable, ”tweeted Evan Fournier, the back of the New York Knicks, on March 16. Four days later, Utah Jazz pivot Rudy Gobert was ironic about the height of the room: “I’m not going to play in a room where I hit my head when I shoot, so it doesn’t make sense.