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JO-2024: Hossegor and Biarritz, surfing sites in competition waiting to be partners?


In addition to the Basque and Landes places, the coastal town of Lacanau (Gironde), associated to Bordeaux-Métropole, the Breton place of The torch (Finistère) i the Polynesian island of Tahiti and its famous site of Teahupo & # 39; o They are running to welcome surfing at the JO-2024.

The city of Biarritz and the department of the Landes have confirmed the sending of this Monday, deadline, letters of intent for each of the two sites, which should visit in early August a mission of the Organizing Committee of Games Olympic (OCO).

"They are not the same assets"

For Biarritz, that "Pre-application" Separate makes sense, the two remote locations of only 40 km, "not having the same assets". Biarritz, a place of historical surfing in France, with "its infrastructure, its hotel capacity, its airport near the center, casinos", i Hossegor, annual place of a stage of the circuit of the masculine world, "Probably more qualitative in terms of waves", says the mayor of Biarritz, the delegate of surfing, Laurent Ortiz.

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Hossegor and Biarritz, competing surfing sites waiting to be partners?

Once the visit of the OCO has passed, i "his guidelines and criteria known", "we will meet around the table with the Landes, for a joint application behind the site with which we have the best chance to win", says Mr. Ortiz.
The deadline for submission of Application forms are September 30, remember the elected ones.

Dossier "weakness"

But these different pre-nominations make the Landes fight, for whom "Weakening the file instead of strengthening it, in the face of competition, especially with Tahiti", said Xavier Fortinon, president (PS) of the department. Remember that Landis site did the first application form, as of 2017.

Before Biarritz joins, and the two unite in 2018 for a joint file. From Biarritz recently decided to send his own letter.

Men and women in the same place

To the genesis of this one "Pre-application" These are the specifications of the OCOG, which requires competitions for men and women to take place in the same place, without Biarritz and the Landes sharing the events, as they might be considered, says a source closes the file.

Athletes on one side, fan zone on the other

If the OCOG relies in one of the two places, it would be necessary to agree to divide the competition itself and the extra sports: entertainment, fan zone, media coverage, etc.
The sites of Biarritz, on the one hand, of Hossegor-Seignosse-Capbreton on the other side "complementary assets", he agrees, without excluding totally that at some time they can "become a unique candidate".

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