Olympic swordsmen, star seed handball players… your sports weekend in Ile-de-France

For every weekend, Le Parisien offers you a selection of publications and events not to be missed in Ile-de-France. Here are the posters, places to go and details of this sports weekend (excluding football) between the two presidential rounds.

The place to be: the Pierre-de-Coubertin stadium

SCREENS. After the foil CIP contested in January, the hall where PSG handball players regularly play is again fenced, with the traditional Challenge Monal. Since 1938, this competition, in which swordsmen compete, has offered a very high-level line-up with the world’s best representatives, including the French and of course Romain Cannone, the individual Olympic champion and the current number 1 in the world.

In addition to the prestige of victory, the Challenge Monal, which presents an individual tournament (9:30 a.m. Saturday) and teams (7:30 a.m. Sunday), is also an important sporting event. Indeed, the Paris meeting will be the fourth of six selective events for the European Championships in Antalya in Turkey (17-22 June) and the World Championships in Cairo (15-24 July).

The man to watch: Vincent Collet

BASKETBALL. It is a special meeting in the season, in its season. The stage from Boulogne-Levallois to Strasbourg on Saturday will be a sporting clash between two teams from the Top 8 of the championship, the revenge of a quarter final of the Coupe de France won by the Alsatians at the end of March, but also an opportunity for Vincent Collet to return — for the first time — to the floor of a club he’d branded with a hot iron. And vice versa, because Strasbourg is an integral part of the Metropolitans coach’s life.

For almost 9 seasons (from 2011 to January 2020), the coach of the Blues has actively participated in the development of the Alsatian club. He won two Leaders Cup (2015 and 2019), a Coupe de France (2018). During his tenure, he also reached the final of the Eurocup (C2) in 2018 and the final of the French Championship five times from 2013 to 2017. “It will be a special match, confirms Alain Weisz, manager of the Ile-de-France club and friend of Vincent Collet. There was a lot of joy but also frustration. No one has forgotten what he achieved there.”

This match will also be a final weight test before Wednesday’s Eurocup knockout round against the Italians of Venice in Levallois on Wednesday

The unmissable tournament: the Tiby

HANDBALL. While the big players take on Spain in a friendly match this Saturday in Chambéry (9:05 p.m.), the young handball players of the French U21 team repeat their series in the Pierre Tiby tournament, in Serris (Seine-et- Marne). After this Thursday’s results (France-Norway 36-30 and Denmark-Egypt 30-32), there are two matches scheduled for this Saturday: Denmark v Norway (small final, 4 p.m.), and the grand final between France and Egypt (18 hours)

This event has been bringing together several national youth teams for many years, who will meet in person in a few years. Many very big players have been there: Fabregas, Descat, Gérard, Mahé, Porte, Prandi and many others on the French side; Gensheimer, Hansen, Sagosen for foreigners. Many residents of Ile-de-France (mostly from PSG, but also from Ivry, Créteil and Massy) will defend the colors of the French team led by Yohan Delattre this Saturday.

The Challenge Ahead: The Spartan Race

For the first time in 3 years, the Spartan Race, the world leader in obstacle racing, is back at Stade France this Saturday. Hundreds of athletes from all walks of life will take on the challenge of the Stadium format, 5 km and 20 obstacles, through the spans of this mythical stadium. It becomes a matter of crawling under barbed wire, climbing over stockades or even jumping over burning obstacles…

Small detail of this return: this event is also open to children aged 4 and over with a race format adapted to their age. The opportunity for parents to come and participate accompanied by their children. Team sports enthusiasts also have their own format thanks to the Hurricane Heat, whose goal is to respond to the orders of a team instructor for 4 hours. Military atmosphere assured, for enthusiasts.

The poster: Nanterre-Le Mans

BASKETBALL. It’s the last straight line. The one where all the work of a season can be reduced to nothing or, on the contrary, turned into success. In six days, the Betclic Elite regular season will make its verdict. We will then know if Nanterre managed to win his sesame for the final stages. In fact, this weekend we should know a little more, as Pascal Donnadieu’s band (8 p.m., Marcel-Cerdan sports palace) welcomes Le Mans. A direct opponent for one of the folding chairs for the playoffs.

The two teams currently share 8th place, synonymous with the final stages, with the same balance (15 V, 13 D). But de Manceaux, winners (86-75) during the first leg, have a positive points average. Thus, a win of more than 12 points for Adam Mokoka’s partners this Saturday would enable them to confirm their current return to form – two wins in a row – and take an important step towards the Grand Eight at the end of the season. .

The women’s team that follows: Paris 92

HANDBALL. No game for the boys this weekend, due to international competitions. Before the French team starts training next Monday at the Maison du Handball, the championship of the Butagaz League is on the program. This is a chance for the girls of Paris 92 to consolidate their 3rd place in the rankings this Sunday behind the unassailable Messines and Brestoises.

Unlike Fleury-Loiret, the teammates of Laura Flippes, who returns to the French group, will have to be wary of the red lantern. Indeed, a month ago, Paris 92 was surprised at home (34-35) by the same opponent in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France, despite a resounding comeback at the end of the match. The players of Yacine Messaoudi have one month to prepare for the double showdown against Brest and Metz.

The program

BASKETBALL. Division 1 (2nd day, Sunday, 11am and 2pm): PUC – SAVIGNY-SUR-ORGE (Pershing Stadium); Stade Toulousain-SENART.

BASKETBALL. Betclic Elite (29th day). Strasbourg – BOULOGNE-LEVALLOIS (Saturday, 6 pm); NANTERRE – Le Mans (Saturday, 8 p.m., Sports Hall Marcel-Cerdan); ASVEL – PARIS (Saturday, 8pm).

SCREENS. Monal Challenge men’s épée (Pierre-de-Coubertin stadium, Paris 16th). Individual competition (Saturday, 9:30am, table of 64) and teams (Sunday, 7:30am, table of 64 if required).

HANDBALL† Tiby tournament in Serris (Gymnasium Olympes-de-Gouges): Denmark – Norway (small final, Saturday, 4 pm) followed by France – Egypt (final, Saturday, 6 pm). Women’s Division 1 (22nd day). PARIS 92 – Fleury (Sunday, 5 p.m., Charpentier Sports Hall in Issy).

VOLLEY-BALL. League A, playdowns (3rd day): LE PLESSIS-ROBINSON – Toulouse (7:00 pm, Omnisports area).

RUGBY. European Cup (return round of 16): RACING – STADE FRANCAIS (Sunday, 4.30 pm, Paris La Défense Arena). national (24th day): MASSY-Chambéry (Friday, 7.30 pm, Jules Ladoumègue Stadium); Dijon – SURESNES (Saturday, 6 pm).