In “distress”, the world of sport calls out to Macron and denounces a “stigma”

The French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF) and 95 sports federations deplore Monday, October 26, in an open letter to Emmanuel Macron, not to be counted among the “Priorities” in the management of the coronavirus crisis, and denounce “A stigma as violent as it is unfounded”.

In this letter, the signatories say to themselves “Distraught to note that the federated sport sector, with its unique social and economic model, bearer of values ​​essential to the republican social fabric, is clearly not one of our country’s priorities for action in times of crisis”.

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“Already more than a quarter fewer memberships”

“For several months, we have been doing everything possible to adapt to the hazards and to the multiple divergent and sometimes contradictory applications of health doctrine in the field. […] Despite these efforts, our scheduled or rescheduled competitions and events are canceled, often at the last minute and due to excessive and unjustified application of health measures by local authorities ”, they denounce.

“We are already deploring more than a quarter of fewer memberships, to the point that many clubs are now wondering if they will be able to make it through the year because more than 80% of them, only run by volunteers, pillars of amateur sport, are still excluded today from the aid measures provided for in the support plan piloted by the Ministry of the Economy ”, continue the signatories.

“You will therefore understand the incomprehension which is ours to undergo a stigmatization as violent as unfounded, because not supported by objective elements. How to understand and explain why other activities are still allowed, including in the areas most affected by the epidemic, but not the practice of sport in areas that are more preserved? ““No places for active propagation of the virus”: sports halls will be able to reopen in Rennes

“We do not want to disappear with the virus”

The CNOSF and the signatory federations denounce “The lack of consideration of the specificities of [leur] sector by an appropriate support system “. “From a budgetary standpoint, we regret that the few euros promised here are taken back to us there, in unworthy and humiliating sleight of hand. “

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“So we have to live with [le virus] as long as he has not been defeated but we do not want to disappear before him ”, conclude the signatories, recalling the hosting by France of the Olympic and Paralympic games in 2024.

Emmanuel Macron meets this Tuesday a defense council before his Prime Minister Jean Castex receives at the end of the day “Political forces” then the social partners in Matignon, suggesting a hardening of measures to fight against Covid.

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