The preparation for the Tokyo Olympic tournaments (July 26-August 9) of the French teams, female and male, promises to be spectacular. According to our information, the French Federation (FFBB), which will make public the program of its two selections Tuesday at a press conference at INSEP, in Paris, has concluded among other matches against the very best nations in the world, already qualified for the Olympic Games.
But the health situation due to the epidemic of the coronavirus (Sars CoV-2) poses a threat at this hour on the holding of the meeting in Shanghai.
Saturday, at a press conference before the All-Star Game in Chicago, NB Silver commissioner Adam Silver raised the possibility of Team USA going to China before the Olympic Games to compete in two preparation meetings as well as the issue of NBA preseason matches in the Middle Kingdom, the maintenance of which has been pending since the crisis in autumn 2019.
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A tweet from Houston general manager Daryl Morey in support of the protest movement of Hong Kong students against the Beijing regime had caused the suspension of economic partnerships and the broadcasting of matches on Chinese territory. Silver said the crisis could cause financial losses that could reach $ 400 million (about € 369 million). “ Team USA could play in China this summer without the NBA sending teams in the fall of 2020. Discussions continue in both cases, but they are not necessarily linked “Said the NBA boss in Chicago.
The French women’s team will also face Spain, European champion, on June 30 in Malaga, to raise the curtain on the men’s match and should also stop on the road to Tokyo, not in China but in Australia to face the “Opals”, vice world champions 2018, which they beat during the Olympic qualification tournament in Bourges on February 6 (72-63).