Paris – Two years before the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, the map of locations is still changing. The shooting events will leave Seine-Saint-Denis, which in return will host the qualifying stages of the boxing tournament, while basketball has not yet officially found its base.
After the loss of swimming in 2020, one of the main disciplines of the Olympic Games, which will not take place in Saint-Denis but in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine), the poorest department in France to which an Olympic legacy has been promised, change the locations again.
If all goes well, the revised map will be presented to the Board of Directors of the Organizing Committee (Cojo) on July 12. Everything is still undecided, especially the standard hand-basket swap, which would go to Lille for the qualifying stages.
The discussions between the Cojo, the International Basketball Federation and the IOC (International Olympic Committee) are bitter about this file, in which French basketball players who played in the NBA, rejected and rejected the Parc des Expos at Porte de Versailles. Ultimately, the IOC will “decide,” the organizing committee said on Tuesday.
On the side of Seine-Saint-Denis, on Tuesday, after negotiations lasting several weeks, the organizing committee and the department formalized the first changes: shooting leaves and boxing arrives in the department.
If their respective landings have not yet been validated, it is the city of Châteauroux (Indre) that holds the rope for shooting and that of Villepinte (Seine-Saint-Denis) for boxing, the boxing finals still taking place at Roland-Garros.
– Boxing DNA of 93 –
According to the president of the department, Stéphane Troussel (PS), this arbitration allows his territory to “pull out of the game”, with boxing that “sticks perfectly to the DNA of Seine-Saint-Denis”, and represents an “attractiveness “. for a young audience, with a strong practice in the area and important athletes”.
The “red line” was for the department to not lose an event, he explained.
“A stronger balance” added the organizing committee for a section where the athletes’ village is under construction or the Olympic aquatic center (water polo, synchronized swimming and diving) in Saint-Denis.
Why these changes?
As of this winter, the Essences site in La Courneuve, a former army site currently being cleared, had become unsuitable and apparently too small to accommodate the shootings. A thorn in the side for the organizers, who have already retouched the map in the autumn of 2020, and for the State, which does not want to strip the department.
This land will now serve as the starting point for the Paramarathon and the public cycling event, said Mr Troussel. Other concessions achieved: sitting volleyball (handisport) and the pentathlon fencing event that will also take place in Seine-Saint-Denis.
When the president of the department shows his satisfaction, the fact remains that the whole area around Le Bourget has many setbacks.
Firstly, because a number of metro lines will not arrive in time for the Olympics, then because the works of the media village – which is likely to be only part of the media – has been shut down for a while after legal action.
– Budget review in sight –
A stone’s throw away, it is now the grounds of Les Essences that lose an Olympic event. A little further on is the future Aubervilliers training pool, which has shed a lot of ink as it cuts into allotments, the fate of which is uncertain.
Two years before the 2024 Olympics (July 26 – August 11), the state shares the ministry’s wish that “the map becomes final” in the July board, said the inter-ministerial delegation to the Olympics, which is responsible for is for the coordination of all actors.
Because once these changes are validated, and their positive or negative budgetary impacts, we’re going to have to go back to the calculator and review spending and income.
A report from Cojo’s audit committee is due by the end of June to take stock before a budget review is scheduled for the end of the year.
Between inflation and the award of contracts that will make it possible to reconcile planned prices with actual prices, this budget review promises to get complicated.
In mid-May, the organizing committee chairman, Tony Estanguet, announced the color during an International Olympic Committee (IOC) session explaining that “new risks weigh” on the budget. It is currently 4 billion euros, funded by ticketing, an IOC contribution and sponsors.