After six games in Ligue 1, postponed at the request of several prefectures, the movement of "yellow gilets" in turn upset the organization of the women's handball Euro. While several events are scheduled in the center of Nantes on Saturday 8 December, the organizers of the competition did not want to risk it.
"These meetings around Hall XXL pose a significant risk to the safety of the participants, [nous nous voyons] forced to postpone the meetings on the second day of the Main Round », write the organizers in a statement released on Friday.
Two meetings, the one between France and Sweden (15 hours) and the one between Serbia and Russia (18 hours) are thus shifted by one day. Apologize for this postponement "Independent of their will", the organizing committee of the euro and the European handball federation ensure the work "In constant contact with national and local authorities to manage the situation."
"We adapt … The girls were ready to play tomorrow, they will be the same for Sundayreplied the French trainer Olivier Krumbholz. We have adapted our program accordingly and we will have a little more time to face this match against Sweden, but this does not change our starting plans ".
For the Bleues coach, who canceled the training scheduled for Friday, "The most important", in this euro at home " is that the room is full ".
The French finally benefit from this calendar
In the race to qualify for the semi-finals of the competition, the French responded well after a cold initial opening against Russia.
Increasing the power from three games, Allison Pineau's teammates delivered against Denmark on Thursday, "a very controlled performance", imposing with the way (29-23).
They still have two games – Sunday against Sweden and Wednesday against Serbia – to qualify for the last four.
Initially, the French should certainly have a space of three days without playing between these two games. This cut will be reduced to two days.
But the blue ones, who have conceded themselves "Luxe" to make their staff late in Thursday's match, could benefit from the situation.
Russia and Serbia, the two teams that are competing for the qualification, are forced to play two games in a row, Sunday and Monday.
However, the Balkan team, which will face France on Wednesday, does not have a workforce as numerous as that of the Blue, and could be diminished against the French.
Viewers who bought tickets for Saturday's matches will be able to enter the Nantes Halle XXL on Sunday, organizers said.
They have to hope that on Sunday, the only yellow keys in public come from the shirts of the Swedish fans who came to support their team.
Sunday, December 9th, in Nantes
• Sweden – France at 15:00
• Serbia – Russia at 18:00