Sports. Four preparation centers for the Paris Olympics selected in northern Moselle

The city of Thionville had already obtained the “Terre de Jeux 2024” Label last year. A recent letter from the venues and infrastructure management of the Organizing Committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games has just confirmed that three sports facilities were selected to be among the preparation sites for the athletes who will compete in these Olympic Games.

The La Milliaire sports complex will therefore be able to accommodate nations involved in the following disciplines: judo, Paralympic judo, fencing, Paralympic fencing, table tennis, Paralympic table tennis and boccia (ball sport related to pétanque, of Greek origin. Roman). The Jean-Pierre-Adams gymnasium is chosen for wheelchair basketball and the future Jean-Burger complex is ready to accommodate rhythmic and sports gymnastics.

Note that in the Portes de France-Thionville agglomeration, the Schuman sports complex (Anne-Sophie Mathis room) in Yutz potentially becomes a preparation site for boxers and the Marcel-Hitz gymnasium in Basse-Ham has been selected for badminton. The community of municipalities of Cattenom is rewarded for its remarkable shooting range in Volmerange-les-Mines. The Fameck gymnasium, which specializes in trampolining, can also be appealing.

“A geographic location that pleads for us”

For Véronique Schmitt, first deputy mayor of Thionville, in charge of Youth and Sport, “this particularly positive result is further proof of the commitment of the City of Thionville and of the quality of the facilities made available to athletes in our region. city, but also beyond, our territory, for the practice of high level as much as for leisure. The chosen one does not however veil her face. “In a dream, I would like our territory to be chosen as a base camp by as many delegations as possible. But if we welcome two or three, I would be happy… ”On the other hand, she knows the assets available to the Thionville candidacy. “We have a geographical location, close to Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg, which pleads for us. Without forgetting the TGV which connects us to Paris in 80 minutes. “L

Another strong point, according to her, is “to have already organized a French wheelchair basketball championship match at the Jean-Pierre-Adams gymnasium, which also served as a framework for the French team in the discipline for prepare for the European Championships. Finally, the new Jean-Burger gymnasium and its 4,500 m², for a budget of 7.5 M € (delivery at the start of the 2023 school year) will undoubtedly offer a whole range of demanding modernity to athletes who ‘we know… demanding.

But before that, the City has a great challenge to take up with the organization of veteran fencing championships, maintained in May 2021. “It will give us a good training, in terms of transport, accommodation, sponsors, etc. », Adds the assistant. “If we get there, we’ll be ready to serve as a base camp. But also to organize other large-scale events, ”she promises.

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