Bourges and Lyon-ASVEL will not have to pay a fine for their package in the final of the Coupe de France! Last Friday was to take place the final of the 2019-20 edition at the AccorHotels Arena between two of the biggest current French clubs, and this match was to mark the comeback of French basketball after six months of forced break. But the teams decided to forfeit the morning of the match in front of their incomprehension not to be treated like their male colleagues. Thus, despite the four cases of Covid-19 detected during the week within the two clubs – three cases in Bourges, one case at ASVEL – the FFBB had not planned to cancel the match, as required the health protocol for men’s basketball, where only three cases are enough to cancel a match. While the two clubs were exposed to financial risks, they were finally cleared by the Federal Bureau of the French Basketball Federation, which met exceptionally on Monday.
The FFBB had put the small dishes in the big ones
The FFBB nevertheless wished to recall the context of this match in a press release: “To embody this relaunch of the game, the Federation had chosen to invest the most prestigious place of basketball in France, the Accor Aréna in Paris. This final between two of the best current French women’s clubs were to set an example for all other basketball clubs in France, while shedding a unique light on women’s basketball, never a single women’s match having been held there. A meeting in the continuity of an investment and a relentless commitment on the part of the Federation for women’s basketball and the LFB, whose LFB 2024 project was to be unveiled on Friday (shared governance, media development, sports excellence). As a reminder, the first round of the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket will be held in France, in Strasbourg, next June. The period that the country and the sport are going through is particularly complicated. It requires great adaptability and willpower. The Minister of Sports reminded the players at length on Friday morning. It also creates exceptional situations that allow everyone to set positive examples. This is why the Federation had decided to honor many inspiring actions and examples for our sport and the public: 150 APHP staff (nursing staff) were invited to the final in order to receive a donation, linked to the sale of protective masks with the FFBB logo / 50 people from the association “Halte Aide aux Femmes Battues” (women, children and volunteers of the association) were invited to take a break, see a gala match and meet the star players of the LFB through the societal commitment on which we wanted to position the Women’s League / 40 young basketball players (U9 and U11) and leaders of the Ile de France League had to do a training session led by the LFB captains before ” attend the final / 5 exceptional women were to be honored and receive the Federation Crystal Ball. Very young players retired from the LFB: Camille Aubert, Géraldine Robert (especially from Gabon), Laetitia Kamba, Fatimatou Sacko and Paoline Salagnac / Aby Gaye were to present their Association “TerangAby”. Despite some inappropriate comments made ahead of this final, the Federation, its partners and many personalities had all responded to encourage the players, the resumption of sport and celebrate women’s basketball. The FFBB concludes by announcing that the check for 20,000 euros promised to the winning club of the Coupe de France 2020 will be given to the Ruban Rose association, which fights against breast cancer. The French women’s championship season will resume this weekend.