France are set to sign their ticket to the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney, as well as the 2023 FIBA Women’s EuroBasket, while already locked up for the Paris 2024 Olympics in as a host.
Succeeding Valérie Garnier, who left after leading the team to a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and a fifth consecutive silver medal at the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket, the 63-year-old will be assisted by the legendary Cathy Melain.
Jean-Pierre Siutat, the President of the French Basketball Federation commented: “The French women’s team is taking a new direction with the appointment of Jean-Aimé Toupane at its head.
“We are convinced that he will be able to lead the Blue to the highest level, up to our ambitions, three years before the Olympic Games in Paris, with to assist him a former player and then coach like Cathy Melain”, has t -he declares.
“Jean-Aimé has experience, a perfect knowledge of the high level and a culture of victory – essential for such a position. He seemed to us to be a very good profile to succeed Valérie Garnier, whom I would like to congratulate on her magnificent record. “
Toupane is a former player who played in Pro A with Monaco, Mulhouse and Gravelines. He then moved on to training and spent much of his recent career working with the Federation and supervising youth teams. He is also the father of Axel Toupane, recent NBA champion with the Milwaukee Bucks, and French international.
Her first task will be to oversee the opening window of the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2023 Qualifiers next month, followed by the qualifying tournaments for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 next February.