April 13, 2024

Toupane confirmed, Johannès to play in the Olympics

After four European silver medals and an Olympic bronze medal with Valérie Garnier on the bench, the French Basketball Federation decided not to renew its lease after the Tokyo Olympics, in order to create a new dynamic with Jean-Aimé Toupane. But the new coach failed to get off to the expected start, with France only winning bronze at the Euro, their worst result in the compet…

After four European silver medals and an Olympic bronze medal with Valérie Garnier on the bench, the French Basketball Federation decided not to renew its lease after the Tokyo Olympics, in order to create a new dynamic with Jean-Aimé Toupane. But the new coach failed to get off to the expected start, with France only winning bronze at the Euro, their worst result in the competition since 2007.

Following the example of Vincent Collet in the men’s team, who completely missed his target for the year (18th in the World Cup), Toupane’s case was discussed by FFBB directors, who finally decided to place their trust in him until the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. And the objective will be clear: to reach the podium, something Les Bleues have achieved twice in their history, with silver in 2012 and bronze in 2021.

Johannes to return to Les Bleues

Cehis year, Marine Johannes, one of the most talented players in French basketball, missed out on the Euros because she was away playing in the WNBA and couldn’t get back in time to start preparations. Next year, for the Olympic Games, this controversy is unlikely to arise. In fact, the Frenchwoman currently playing in the WNBA finals with New York, and who will then return to wear the ASVEL jersey, is exempt from the November international window (Euro 2025 qualifiers against Latvia and Ireland), as is Gabby Williams, currently in a gradual recovery phase following the ankle injury she sustained in the WNBA this summer. On the other hand, both players will be available for the French team from February for the TQO (February 8 to 11 in China), as well as for preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, says the FFBB in its press release.

Excellent news for Les Bleues! The 19 players refor the November matches: Pauline Astier (Bourges), Valériane Ayayi (Prague), Marième Badiane (Lattes-Montpellier), Romane Bernies (Lattes-Montpellier), Alexia Chery (ASVEL), Alix Duchet (Bourges), Marine Fauthoux (ASVEL), Marie-Paule Foppossi (Tarbes), Sandrine Gruda (ASVEL), Maïa Hirsch (Villeneuve d’Ascq), Leila Lacan (Angers), Carla Leite (Tarbes), Lou Lopez Senechal (Brno), Dominique Malonga (Tarbes), Sarah Michel Boury (Bourges), Iliana Rupert (Bologna), Janelle Salaun (Villeneuve d’Ascq), Kadiatou Sissoko (Charleville-Mézières), Mamignan Touré (Lattes-Montpellier).