Ghani Yalouz Indoor Sports Arena

The Ghani Yalouz indoor sports arena, named after the Olympic silver medallist in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1996 Atlanta Games, is one of Besançon’s outstanding facilities.

With its 1,100 sq. m competition arena that can hold up to 3,000 spectators, the Ghani Yalouz indoor sports arena is an ideal place for training sessions. The wrestling areas are covered with mats meeting international standards; warm-up areas can be set up in the adjoining room.

The venue as a whole has eight changing rooms, video analysis rooms, a weights area with equipment designed for top performance athletes, and recovery facilities (ice bath, sauna). Delegation staff will also be given access to numerous meeting rooms, eating facilities, and rooms that can be turned into a sports and technical performance HQ.

The venue regularly hosts all kinds of major sporting events throughout the year, including the French wrestling championships. The city has several wrestling ambassadors, such as Mehdi Messaoudi, who was selected for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The facility can be reached by a direct public transport route and has its own car park, which makes it very easy to transport and deliver equipment.

The whole venue is fully accessible to people with disabilities.

Local Olympic athletes

Ghani Yalouz Olympic silver medallist in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Medhi Messaoudi Took part in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In brief

  • A 1,100 sq. m competition arena2
  • Mats meeting international standards
  • 8 changing rooms
  • Video analysis rooms
  • Weight training and recovery areas
  • Sports and technical performance HQ for staff
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Accompanying services

  • Transfers for athletes and their equipment, from the airport to Besançon, and from Besançon to Olympic venues.
  • 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

International Stay Center (Ethic Etapes)
All suites Hotel
Hôtel Vesontio

Ghani Yalouz Indoor Sports Arena : CIS = 0,75Km / Hôtel All Suites = 1,5Km / Hôtel Vesontio = 2,3Km

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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