Ghani Yalouz Indoor Sports Arena

The Ghani Yalouz indoor sports arena boasts modern facilities that were completely renovated in 2005. It is the ideal place for handball teams to train and play.

The indoor sports arena has a 40 x 20 m handball court with a nine-metre-high ceiling, goalposts built to IHF standards and Taraflex® sports flooring. The whole facility is accessible to people with disabilities.

It has two main rooms with adjoining physical preparation and recovery areas (weights rooms, ice baths, sauna), as well as relaxation areas, which can be adapted to organise briefings or video analysis sessions. The adjustable lighting will guarantee perfect conditions for preparing for the Olympics. The hall can be adjusted to suit your needs.

The complex is home to local handball clubs, the ESBF (women's first division club at French and European level) and GBDH Handball (men’s second division club), and regularly hosts women’s handball league matches, men's Professional Division 2 matches and EHF Cup matches. It sometimes also hosts French handball, tennis and futsal team matches, as well as various other French championship events (wrestling, fencing, rhythmic gymnastics, etc.).
Near to the city centre, the facility is easy to get to by bus and by car, thanks to a free and secure car park.

Local Olympic athletes

Sandrine Mariot Delerce, 6th at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 4th at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Raphaëlle Tervel, 6th at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 4th at the 2004 Athens Olympics, 5th at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 5th at the 2012 London Olympics.

Laura Glauser, took part in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Chloé Valentini, Olympic gold at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

In brief

  • 40 x 20 m court
  • Clearance height of 9 m
  • Goalposts built to IHF standards
  • Preparation and recovery areas
  • Video room
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Lucie Granier

Silver Medallist at the World Championships with the French Team

“What I like about Besançon is that everything is close by: I finish my training at Palais des Sports and I can be in the town center or at University within 5 minutes!”

Accompanying services

  • Transfer from airport to Besançon or Besançon to Olympic event sites for athletes and their equipment
  • Vehicles on hand to transport athletes and equipment throughout their stay.
  • A liaison officer will accompany your team and be available 24/7 to help with logistics during your stay in Besançon

Selection of accommodation nearby

All suites Hotel
Hôtel Mercure
Hôtel Victor Hugo & Spa

Ghani Yalouz Indoor Sports Arena : Hôtel All suites = 1,5Km / Hôtel Mercure = 3Km / Hôtel Victor Hugo = 3Km

Recovery center & tailor-made medical services

Prepare physically for the Games stress-free, knowing you have access to an unrivalled preparation and recovery facility: the sport performance optimisation centre, or COPS, and its hypoxic rooms. If an injury occurs, a multidisciplinary hospital team is on hand to provide the care you need!

Diverse range of accommodation & close by equipment

At Besançon, enjoy the same high-quality accommodation and level of service as in other large cities, but at a far more reasonable price. And as the city is compact, your hotel will only be 15 minutes away from your training centre at most, making the commute stress-free

On-demand services

By choosing Besançon to prepare for the Games, you can concentrate all your energy on physical and mental preparation. Our welcome team will take care of the rest – airport transfers, transporting staff and equipment, providing language support – making sure you use your preparation time to the full and obtain that medal you came to win.

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