BASKET The Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez has been sanctioned by the National Basketball League

Basketball: sanctioned for its finances , Pau-Orthez excluded from the championship of France Elite

The ball of the Betclic Elite risks passing under the nose of Pau-Orthez. — Lyubomir Domozetski/SPP/Shutters/SIPA

Pau-Orthez, winner of the Coupe de France and semi-finalist of the French Basketball Championship in 2022, saw his commitment in the elite and in ProB in 2022-2023 refused; for financial reasons, announced the National Basketball League on Thursday.

In a press release, the LNV refers to « the absence of guarantee as to; continuity of operating the club », while adding that he had « the possibility to make a request for an informal appeal to the Higher Management Council to challenge this decision ». Élan Béarnais is a historic French basketball club with nine French championship titles and a European cup in 1984.