The Players’ Commission of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) held an online meeting on Friday, discussing the relocation of the Paris 2024 basketball competitions in Lille.
“Regarding the upcoming Olympics in France, the Players’ Commission expressed concerns about the Group Phase of the basketball tournaments being staged in Lille,” a news release from FIBA announced.
“The Players’ Commission cited worries about the health and safety of the players in a stadium with a retractable roof during the summer. They also expressed concern about the distance between Lille and Paris since it will essentially prevent the players from having the full Olympic experience and staying in the Athletes’ Village, while several teams would also have to miss out on attending the Opening Ceremony,” it added.
The meeting also discussed the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, and other issues.
Former Germany star Dirk Nowitzki became the chair of the Players’ Commission in 2019. ■