Ligue A, the French men's volleyball championship, plans to join the Chinese national team for two seasons to enable it to prepare for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, several interlocutors told AFP on Tuesday. .
I had put the Chinese authorities in touch with the National Volleyball League (LNV), the file is following its course
", indicated Eric Tanguy, president of the French Volleyball Federation, thus confirming information from the Parisian and from The Team.
Contacted by AFP, the Chinese Volleyball Federation confirmed the existence of this project.
It's true, but some details are still under discussion
," said a spokesman for the Chinese Federation in Beijing, while a meeting took place Monday evening between the LNV and the presidents of the clubs of Ligue A. “
The validation of the project should take place this week, by the Ministry of Sports
”, specified a club president, for whom the financial details of such an operation are however still far from being settled.
Joined by AFP, the LNV for its part indicated that it would communicate on this file in due course.
The integration of the Chinese selection in Ligue A could cause the repechage of AS Cannes, relegated at the end of last season to ProB, so that Ligue A has 16 teams instead of 14. This should not cause any problems. opposition from ProB clubs, according to another French club manager.
Among the many details to be settled, in addition to the payment of financial compensation to French clubs, coming from China, is the choice of the city where the Chinese selection would be based and the question of whether it could participate in the play-offs at the end season, to aim for the title of champion of France.
China, 17th in the world ranking of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) currently participates in the League of Nations and occupies 13th place in this competition dominated by France, the reigning Olympic champion.
Two other countries could have hosted China, due to the high level of their championship, Poland and Italy.