Olympic Games 2024: "I don't care if we play in Lille", Batum explains his anger over the location of the basketball tournament

Olympic Games 2024: “I don’t care if we play in Lille”, Batum explains his anger over the location of the basketball tournament

Guest of the Grandes Gueules du Sport, this Saturday on RMC, the Blues winger Nicolas Batum spoke about the controversy linked to the location of the 2024 Olympics basketball tournament. According to him, more than having to go play in Lille, the problem lies in the overall lack of organization, two years from the competition.

Rather adept at rebounds, Nicolas Batum went to the net this Saturday to discuss the controversy linked to the location of the 2024 Olympics basketball tournament. The Blues of the orange ball, who dreamed of a fortnight in the capital, should thus do a week of competition in Lille, before returning to Paris.

This particularly annoyed Evan Fournier – a “passionate” according to Batum – but not only. Batum, too, is unhappy. And he explained it this Saturday in the Grandes Gueules du Sport, on RMC.

“Do not want to be the laughingstock of the world”

“I don’t care if we play in Lille, I already played there at Euro 2015 and it was one of the biggest loves of my career, he said. But the problem is bigger We are doing the Olympics in France, we are an extraordinary European capital… And we ask ourselves this question twenty months before. We are in Paris, damn it. We have a great global French team, we have the Games at home, and twenty months before we don’t know where we fuck volleyball, where we fuck handball, where we fuck basketball. That’s what pisses me off… We were sold Porte de la Chapelle in ‘Bercy 2’ for the first phase, before the second phase at Gros Bercy. That’s what we’ve been told since 2016 or 2017. (…) I’m happy for badminton, so much the better for them if they play in a big hall. They need to be featured. But don’t bullshit us.”

And to continue: “I know that the Porte de la Chapelle option is dead, I have moved on. That is not the problem. The problem is that it is July 2022, and that “We still ask ourselves the question. You shouldn’t ask yourself this question normally.”

In addition, Nicolas Batum fears that the image of the 2024 Olympics in Paris will suffer from this relocation. Because the basketball tournament of the Games, with the American stars, is particularly observed … “Team USA, they are the attraction of the Olympic Games, they are the stars, the gods of the Olympics, he believes. It’s a fact, it’s not to highlight basketball (…) And all that can affect the image of my sport and of Paris 2024. Then we’re going to Los Angeles in 2028 , and I know what we’re going to take as a Frenchman. I don’t want to be the laughingstock of the world. Because after Paris, it will be top level.”

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