Rowing: Claire Bové and Laura Tarantola, gold in Paris at the end of the line

“Before, we were fighting for a podium and finishing fourth or fifth. Now we are aiming for first place. » Laura Tarantola, like her teammate Claire Bové, assumes this change of status with complete serenity, when it comes to leading the tricolor delegation to the European Rowing Championships, which take place until Sunday August 14 in Munich.

A year has passed since their historic silver medal in Tokyo, the first for a French female crew since 1996. But the image remains of a mad race concluded at the photo-finish, the final verdict releasing strong emotions. “A euphoria that every time you think about it, goes up”, summarizes Claire Bové. A rare happiness, which the tandem of the lightweight double scull promises above all to relive in 2024 in Paris. Because they feel stronger, more united, and their experience is not for nothing in their determination to conquer gold.

An obstacle course

It is true that they have known, ups and downs, the two young rowers, to get there. After the Rio Games, Claire and Laura (now 24 and 28 years old) threw themselves into the next Olympiad, performing well from the start. And probably too enthusiastic. In 2018, the overtraining syndrome catches up with Claire Bové, forced to disembark for several months to recharge her batteries. Laura Tarantola could in turn be brooding, but the French Rowing Federation offers her a personal challenge: the individual world championships.

It’s new to her, but she’s giving it a try. And wins the planetary title in lightweight single sculls. This unexpected success inflates the morale of the champion. When the pair are on the attack again, in 2019, the two are overflowing with envy. The qualification in Tokyo acquired, the pandemic again comes to break the momentum. The relaunched machine is a backache at the start of 2021 which handicaps Laura this time. Two months without rowing a stone’s throw from the Games. It starts again, but the Covid falls on Claire.

“We got through all of this together, making great progress in communication, says Claire Bové. At the beginning, we were teammates without really hooked atoms. Today we are true friends. » Both have learned a lot from this extended Olympiad. “The path is not always clear, but we now know, for the two years remaining before Paris, that we will always have solutions, Judge Laura Tarantola. When we resumed last January, it was catastrophic. But we were there for each other. Our tandem goes far beyond the simple sports association. »

Pleasure above all

The two medalists took advantage of the post-Olympic period and the whirlwind of solicitations. Summary by Laura Tarantola: “We played the game thoroughly. » So as not to regret anything, and not to miss the opportunity to finally talk about their discipline – too rarely on the front of the media scene. Claire Bové even had the surprise of becoming the muse of the famous jeweler Mauboussin. The tandem was also able to land a sponsor. “The medal opens doors, but contracts do not fall from the sky, shade Claire Bove. You have to scratch at doors and persist. » Make the medal bear fruit, “I thought it would still be easier”, lets go of his teammate.

It’s said without too much frustration, but with a hint of regret for the low return on investment. Whatever. The gold, they will seek it in Paris, in 2024. How to be even better? Laura: “By having more fun, our common engine: faster gliding, the quest for the perfect gesture and technique against our rivals who rely more on power. » There is a certain aestheticism in this research. Clear : “It’s all in the details in our category, where we all stick to a pocket square. But, this time, we also have our experience. We have grown in mind and in heart. »

They also have an additional motivation. The weight categories will disappear after Paris 2024. Suffice to say that their size (less than 57 kg required) will hardly be seen in the boats. All the more reason to end on a high note.



Paris 2024 Olympics: a summit on budget and security organized at the Élysée

The budget and security are on the menu of the “site meeting” organized Monday, July 25 by Emmanuel Macron at the Elysée Palace in view of the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024. At two years almost to the day of the deadline (July 26 -August 11, 2024), a dozen ministers will work around the Head of State, including Bruno Le Maire (economy), Gérald Darmanin (interior), Sébastien Lecornu (defense), Pap Ndiaye (national education) or the Minister of sports and the Olympic Games Amélie Oudéa-Castéra.

But for the moment nothing has filtered out of what could come out of such an interministerial meeting. The goal “will be for the ministers to take stock, and possibly mark the points of fragility”assures the Elysée.

“Very stretched on the budget”

The budget issue is one of the worrying elements. A report by the audit committee of the organizers of the Olympic Games (Cojo) recently mentioned the risk of inflation, “unimaginable a few months ago” had regretted the boss of the Cojo, Tony Estanguet, and to which the Olympics do not escape, under the effect in particular of the war in Ukraine.

According to a source familiar with the matter who confided in AFP, “they are very stretched in terms of budget” to keep their envelope of 4 billion euros (ticketing, sponsors and contribution of the IOC), a budget which benefits from the guarantee of the State.

The Cojo is already in negotiations with the IOC (International Olympic Committee) to try to get out of certain constraints of the specifications which are costing it dearly. “Without that, they will not succeed”decrypts a former elected official with knowledge of the file.

Recruitment in tension

Other issues are expected to be addressed on Monday such as Games-related employment. Recruitment, in a context of labor shortage, is a factor of concern, especially in sectors already under strain – construction, drivers for the transport of goods or people, hotels and restaurants… Paris 2024 claims 150,000 jobs mobilized by the event.

The subject of transport is also a subject in its own right, as is the question of safety, which will be on everyone’s mind. Chance of the calendar, this meeting falls five days after the disclosure by the weekly The chained Duck a provisional report from the Court of Auditors, devoted to the security of the Olympics.

The sages of rue Cambon identify several areas of concern shared by security sources, ranging from the securing of the opening ceremony with its unprecedented staging on the Seine, to the lack of private security agents, or the risks of terrorism and cyberattacks. For the Court of Auditors, the copy is still to be reviewed, considering in particular that a “more precise definition of security needs is becoming urgent”.

Get the French to join

And ever since the incidents in the Champions League final at the Stade de France on May 28, doubts have arisen over France’s ability to secure such an event.

Another stage point is planned with the elected officials ” in September “, with the town hall of Paris, the Île-de-France region, the elected officials of the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, bordering the capital, or the French Olympic Committee (Cnosf). It will again be a question of working on these issues, but also of bearing the concern for the legacy that the event must leave, or even the avenues to make the French adhere to these Olympic Games.



Paris 2024 Olympics: the Élysée optimistic about the security and the budget of the next Games

A “site” meeting was organized at the Élysée Palace on Monday July 25, to discuss the organization of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. About ten ministers were present around the table, as well as Tony Estanguet (president of the committee organization of Games), the prefect of police and the prefects of the Île-de-France region.

Two years before the opening ceremony (scheduled for July 26, 2024), this update aimed in particular to address issues of security, budget, but also employment and the progress of the work. At the end of this meeting, the Élysée said to itself “reassured” on all these points.

Safety, a major issue

The security question, in particular, occupied the discussions, a few weeks after the fiasco of the Stade de France. The figures communicated by the Presidency of the Republic mention the daily mobilization for the Olympic Games of 7,000 to 11,000 law enforcement officers, depending on the nature and scale of the events. The number of police present on the ground during the opening ceremony will not be determined “only once the artistic concept has been decided”.

In addition, eleven new mobile force units should soon be set up, under the Lopmi law. The executive also mentions 173 technological innovations being studied for “support” these agents.

The national navy will also be mobilized for nautical events, as well as the air force, in the context of the fight against drones. The Élysée specifies that the Sentinel operation could be reinforced according to the needs. Alongside them, 17,000 private security guards will monitor sports facilities, and between 22,000 and 25,000 including all sites.

The state is also concerned about cybersecurity issues, citing the 4 billion attacks that Japan would have suffered in 2021, when the country organized the Olympic Games. He announces a reinforcement of the prevention teams.

“The budget will be kept”

The executive also says he is confident about respecting his budget commitments, despite the uncertainties around the evolution of inflation. In total, between 1.7 and 1.8 billion euros of public money will be injected into the organization of the Games. On this budget, inflation has increased the envelope by 140 million euros for the State and communities. Among the solutions envisaged to absorb this additional cost, the State plans to multiply partnerships with brands and companies, or to dip into the “contingency reserve” of 315 million euros.

The Elysée ensures it, no “Olympic tax” will be put in place. And ticket prices should not suffer from the economic context either. Of all the tickets on sale, half will not exceed €50, and nearly a million will be offered at €24.

The executive also welcomed the progress of the work at a time when 35 structures are still under construction: 95% of the sites hosting competitions were already existing or of a temporary nature. According to its forecasts, the Olympic Village construction process will meet deadlines and constraints.

Finally, the government praises the balance sheet linked to employment and certifies that the million hours of work for people in professional integration have been exceeded. The target is 2.4 million by the start of the Games. These jobs would have benefited more than 1,500 people, including more than 70% with a CAP level or less than the baccalaureate and largely from Seine-Saint-Denis.

A new stage point is planned for the start of the school year, with representatives of the town hall of Paris and the Île-de-France region, elected officials from Seine-Saint-Denis and the French Olympic Committee.



The 2024 Paris Olympics presents the “Cultural Olympiad”

“This is a unique opportunity to show the best of France. » Tony Estanguet, president of Paris 2024, presents the next Olympic Games as an opportunity to marry the best of sport with the best of culture. For this 33rd edition, the organizers have created the “Cultural Olympiad”, a program of activities exploring the links between sport and culture from summer 2022 until September 2024.

This programming is based in particular on collaboration between artistic establishments and sports disciplines. As such, several emblematic places are associated with the famous events of the Olympic Games: the ephemeral Grand Palais hosts judo, archery takes place at the Invalides, horse riding at the Palace of Versailles, or even beach volleyball. at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

Making sport and culture shine

The “Cultural Olympiad” explains that it is based on a demanding coherence of artistic and sporting proposals. In total, there are more than 346 projects present in more than 334 cities, including more than a hundred events for the capital alone, with a traveling puzzle game bringing together four national museums (Orsay, the Louvre, the Center Pompidou and the Musée du Quai-Branly) but also the preparation of an artistic performance by the XY company, choreographed by Rachid Ouramdane, at the Théâtre de Chaillot.

This selection also extends to other cities: Seine-Saint-Denis relies on eight cultural structures to bring sport to life internationally, such as the National Dance Center in Pantin or the New Theater in Montreuil. In Saint-Cloud, a major popular concert is announced representing the five continents of the music scene, with the support of the Rock en Seine festival.

In Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the Philharmonie de Paris is relocating to bring together musicians from Seine-Saint-Denis and Marseille for a concert unique in France. Many free events will also be organized, particularly in less favored regions of France in terms of cultural facilities. According to the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, this universalist and aesthetic approach to sport meets three objectives: “surprise, move and unite. »



Paris 2024: before the Olympics, sport as a tool for social innovation

Suspended nearly 15m high, Ibrahim displays a bright smile. He didn’t hesitate for a second, tackled the climbing wall without trembling and, having reached the top of the wall, took advantage of the view without the slightest dizziness. The descent, well wedged in his harness, is obviously too fast, but he must leave room for his comrades.

They are six students from the Sylvain-Dauriac primary school in Bagatelle, a popular district of Toulouse, to do their range in the discipline, this Wednesday afternoon, at the Quéfets gymnasium in Tournefeuille, in the suburbs of the Pink City. But it is already a small revolution, possible thanks to Paris 2024.

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The project in which these kids are taking part is part of the “Impact 2024” program which, for the past two years, has been supporting initiatives carried out by multiple players, athletes and institutions. An endowment fund has been created for this purpose. In 2021, 4.9 million euros had been spent on 224 projects. They will be around 250 this year to share an envelope of 5.8 million euros.

“With our brand, we bring visibility to projects that must show how sport can change lives, underlines Damien Combredet-Blassel, Sport & Society Manager at Paris 2024. We also want them to help get the different players used to working together and that such good practices will take hold beyond the Games if possible. »

“Broadening Horizons”

Endowed with €42,000, the Occitanie league project of the French Mountain and Climbing Federation carries this ambition. “It starts from a desire to introduce young people from the neighborhoods to our discipline, far removed from their concerns, to broaden their horizons by taking them to the mountains”, exposes Anne Geernaert, the director of the regional FFME league.

Initially, the desire was to associate schools from two priority neighborhoods of city policy (QPV), Bagatelle in Toulouse and Laubadère in Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées), and to allow regular exchanges on sites offering the access to the many joys of the mountains (hiking, climbing, via ferrata, etc.).

But the realization testifies to the difficulties encountered in this kind of project. “We had misjudged the resistance to the health pass in the neighborhoods, and we were therefore unable to launch the operation in the fall of 2021 with middle school students, because they could not have access to the gymnasiums”, illustrates Anne Geernaert.

At the end of winter, after an initiation on a mobile climbing block at the college which had some success, more than a hundred students showed interest. But when planning a trip to Tournefeuille’s world-class climbing wall, “We fell during Ramadan and only two students showed up, also tells Ethel Barnabé, former CPE of the college and seasoned climber at the origin of the project. We therefore turned to the CM1-CM2 of the elementary school who took advantage of the windfall! “.

“Encouraging perseverance, the main challenge”

On the side of Tarbes, it is the inauguration deferred for six months of a new climbing wall which has also postponed the project. Its promoters are in the starting blocks to really bring it to life from the start of the next school year. “It’s a long job to attract young people, also convince parents to trust us, recalls Ethel Barnabé. On our territories, it takes a lot of energy to register an activity in the long term. Encouraging perseverance is our main challenge. »

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In Tarbes, Marlène Margui, relay of the project and member of the Roc & Pyrène club, wants to add another dimension to the affair: to convince, in addition to young people, certain mothers. “To form a group of women and ultimately succeed in a common challenge on an ascent in the summer of 2023, explains the host, who also works on city policy. There are many obstacles to overcome, in particular the cultural weight which does not facilitate access to sport for women in these neighborhoods, but I want to believe in it. And I hope to demonstrate with this pilot project that it is possible, and to inspire other clubs. » Experimenting and then expanding, such is the challenge for Paris 2024.


Doing better around disability

With its Impact program, Paris 2024 also hopes to provoke a “interesting leverage effect”says its manager, Damien Combredet-Blassel: “When we invest €1, it enables us to raise €3 from other partners. » Since 2020, Paris 2024 has had 700,000 beneficiaries of its program. An effort to continue, and to accentuate for projects of access to sports practice for the disabled, “currently our area of ​​weakness”recognizes the delegate general. “Projects around disability require a lot of time, skills and specific equipment, which explains the difficulty in bringing them to light, tip Apolline Vedrenne, Paralympic referent in Occitania. But Paris 2024 should put a particular focus on disabled sport next year. »



Paris 2024 Olympics: opening of the ticket office in 2023, half of the places at less than €50

After unveiling in December, with a lot of visuals, an unprecedented opening ceremony outside the stadium entirely on the Seine, the Organizing Committee (Cojo) of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games has looked into the ticket office. The organizers unveiled their strategy on Monday March 21, in particular offering half of the tickets for sale at €50 and less during the year 2023.

More than 13.4 million tickets will be available for sale: 10 million for the Olympic Games and 3.4 million for the Paralympics, and all will be sold in 2023. A system will draw lots for registrants who have registered as of December 2022, and will generate purchase slots in February and May, then at the end of 2023.

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In terms of prices, one million Olympic tickets will be sold at €24 for all sports. And 50% of Olympic tickets will be sold at €50 or less. For the boss of the Cojo, Tony Estanguet, the idea is to have “Games open to the greatest number of people, popular, unifying”with “a large volume of tickets at affordable prices, for all sports”.

Budget of 4 billion euros

The Cojo’s budget, which now stands at nearly 4 billion euros, is based on sponsorship revenue, ticket sales and a contribution from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). On the sponsor side, the round table (1.1 billion euros) is not yet complete.

After the 2020 review, which resulted in 300 million savings, expenditure and revenue will once again be scrutinized. The next budget revision is scheduled for the end of 2022.

The executive has asked the organizers to seize its audit committee to review the budget by the summer. Especially since the Cojo could see its forecasts hit by the inflationary context or by possible economic consequences linked to the war in Ukraine.



Olympic Games: the opening ceremony of Paris 2024 will take place on the Seine

It will be a first in the history of the Summer Olympics. The board of directors of the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (Cojo) in Paris in 2024 validated Monday, December 13 the principle of an unprecedented opening ceremony, outside a stadium, on the Seine.

More than 160 boats welcoming sportsmen and women from more than 200 delegations will parade on the river for nearly 6 kilometers between the Pont d’Austerlitz and the Pont d’Iéna, right in the center of Paris according to the plan. The end of the ceremony will be held on the Esplanade du Trocadéro.

The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron formalized last July, on the sidelines of the Tokyo Olympics, this project which had raised reluctance on the side of the police, worried about being able to secure an event of such magnitude.

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“Today is a highlight. There are a lot of emotions, a lot of enthusiasm. The opening ceremony is necessarily the biggest scorer ”, said Tony Estanguet, boss of the Paris 2024 Games, during a press conference at the end of the Cojo board of directors.

Nearly fifty meetings to consider the project

The police would have liked to limit the public to 250,000 people while the organizers and the town hall of Paris were looking bigger, “Around 2 million people in the initial project”, had assured a source close to the town hall.

At the end of an interministerial committee devoted to the Paris Olympics a month ago in Seine-Saint-Denis, Prime Minister Jean Castex asked the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin to formulate “Proposals” for event security “By the end of the year”. Nearly fifty meetings with all the authorities involved, from the Ministry of the Interior to the river institutions of the Seine through the town hall of Paris, were necessary to study the feasibility of the project likely to evolve.



For Paris 2024, French sport is opening up to foreign technicians

“My mission is to really help, not to position myself as a ‘guru’ of the discipline. “ Modest, Jurgen Grobler. Presented last November 4 by the French Rowing Federation which has just recruited him as “Executive consultant for high performance”, the German coach does not need to boast. His record speaks for himself: since 1972, the technician has always brought back medals from his Olympic Games, with the East German team first, but above all by taking charge of the British team after the fall of the Berlin Wall and until his retirement in August 2020.

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This end of his career seems to have had a taste of unfinished business for him, and he is therefore embarked, at 75, in a new challenge with the tricolor rowers. On course for 2024. “Expertise, we have it, promises Sébastien Vieilledent, the national technical director (DTN) of the federation. But with his unquestionable authority, Jurgen can position a strong leadership and have an external discourse that carries faster than an internal equivalent, thus saving us time. Because we are in a hurry with Olympic qualifications in eighteen months. “

Easier to break internal resistance

This foreign contribution, rowing is not the only discipline to summon it. Volleyball and swimming, among others, made a similar choice. The Dutchman Jacco Verhaeren thus became, in September, director of the swimming and open water teams. With his ten Olympic titles on the clock, behind the triple champion Pieter van den Hoogenband (in 2004 and 2008) then the Australian team (from 2013 to 2020), the 52-year-old Batavian is a world leader. Useful skills to restore the image of a poor French swimming in Tokyo (only one silver medal).

“We needed someone very expert, but not a teacher”, summarizes the federal DTN Julien Issoulié. Above all, do not offend the coaches in the clubs, straddling their prerogatives and accustomed to working each in their own lane. “Jacco is not linked to this story, and he is a very pragmatic person, able to pull everyone up”, ensures the DTN. However, the experience is likely to be shocking.

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Swimming indeed symbolizes quite well this tendency of French sport to hardly open up to technicians from elsewhere. We remember, in April 2019, the vote of the 1,742 rugby clubs in France, consulted by the President of the French Rugby Federation Bernard Laporte on the recruitment – which he defended – of a foreign coach to replace Jacques Brunel after the 2019 World Cup: it was no, at 59%.

The inheritance of new methods

This kind of prevention is not in the DNA of volleyball. It is the Brazilian Bernardinho who pilot the Blues around 2024 after their historic coronation of Tokyo. It must be said that the deal was signed even before this divine surprise, from April 2021. The arrival of the one who is considered the best coach in the world, four times finalist and double winner of the Games (in 2004 and 2016) with his selection national, showed the federal desire to finally win this medal which was refused in French volleyball. “The feat of the Blues in Japan adds additional pressure to his mission, comments Éric Tanguy, the president of the French Volleyball Federation. But if anyone can lead our team to a double, it’s him. “

Volleyball, anyway, did not do violence to call the Brazilian expert. He had already tried the experiment in the 1990s with the Russian Vladimir Kondra, who had however failed to qualify the Blues in Sydney.

This time, all the French teams are in the hands of foreign technicians, the women under the leadership of Belgian Émile Rousseaux since 2017, and beach volleyball under that of Brazilian Lissandro Carvalho since 2018. “We must get out of our Franco-French superiority complex and, on the contrary, be flattered by the interest shown in us by foreign technicians”, judge Éric Tanguy. Who also applauds the role of the National Sports Agency (ANS) in these recruitments difficult to imagine without the financial support of the body.

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But these reinforcements are not seen only as blows to secure podiums. “I also hope that this helps to change mentalities, emphasizes Julien Issoulié. Moreover, Jacco will also have the right to oversee all our practices, to advance all of swimming. “ Same hope beyond Paris 2024 for Sébastien Vieilledent, who is already planning for Los Angeles 2028. Rowing hopes to regain the momentum brought in the 1990s by another East German, Eberhard Mund, who started rowing French and whose methods still define the local tradition. Like what, it is possible.



Paris 2024: “The timetable is for the time being respected”

There are less than 1,000 days before the Paris 2024 Games open in the capital, but don’t panic. “The schedule is currently perfectly respected, despite the Covid which could have greatly disturbed it”, welcomes Tony Estanguet, President of the Organizing Committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. “We will be on time”, assured Nicolas Ferrand, the general manager of the delivery company for Olympic works (Solideo), accompanying Emmanuel Macron on October 14 on a visit to the site of the future Olympic village in Seine-Saint-Denis.

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Of the 62 projects on which the public establishment in charge of the necessary arrangements for the event is involved (for a budget of 3.8 billion euros), a good half should have been launched at the end of the year.

Next on the list? The aquatic center of Saint-Denis, whose symbolic laying of the first stone is scheduled “In ten days”, announces Tony Estanguet. The equipment is emblematic. It is the heaviest purely sporting investment (175 million euros to accommodate artistic swimming, diving and part of water polo), and one of the few built ex nihilo with the Arena de la Porte de la Chapelle in Paris (98 million euros to host badminton and artistic gymnastics) or the climbing wall in the heart of the Sports Plain of Le Bourget which must be refurbished (for 62 million in total).

Heritage buildings

Renovating rather than building has always been “This different model” that Paris 2024 boasts. It involves, for example, the rehabilitation of the Yves-du-Manoir stadium in Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine), host of field hockey. The phase of demolition of certain stands soon completed, place for reconstruction, financed to the tune of 13.6 million euros by Solideo on a global sports complex project which reached 94 million. Or by the reconfiguration of the Roucas-Blanc marina in Marseille where the sailing competitions are expected, a 25 million euro project, the work of which, delayed by a second public inquiry, must begin in early 2022.

Everything is also in the nails on the side of the two other major sites of Seine-Saint-Denis, the Olympic village and that of the media. The foundations of the first will be dug over 50 hectares spread over three municipalities (L’Île-Saint-Denis, Saint-Denis and Saint-Ouen). The deeds of sale on the sectors of the second in Dugny having just been signed, the construction of the real estate lots can begin.

In any case, this equipment has never been lacking in the history of the Games. Even Rio in 2016, long subject to strong popular opposition and with projects accumulating many delays, managed to deliver its sports infrastructure just in time. “We are particularly keen on the exemplary nature of the buildings, in order to create after the Games” neighborhoods of the future “corresponding to this idea of ​​heritage which is dear to us”, specifies Tony Estanguet.

The transport puzzle

For now, the only downside remains the Aubervilliers Aquatic Center – a training site and not a competition site during the Olympics – which is still the subject of appeals because it involves the destruction of part of the historic allotment gardens in the city. The building permit is suspended, delaying a site whose schedule was already very tight, scheduled for June 2024. “This equipment can serve as a training center if it is delivered on time, but if it is not, it will have no impact on our organization”, assures Tony Estanguet.

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For whom the puzzle is in fact elsewhere, in the organization of transport. Because with metro lines that will not be there (metro lines 16 and 17 are postponed to 2026), and sites quite far from the capital such as the national golf course and the velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en- Yvelines or the nautical stadium in Vaires-sur-Marne, the fluidity claimed can turn into a mirage. “Even Tokyo, with the Games behind closed doors, has had problems at this level, notes Tony Estanguet. This is our biggest challenge. “



Emmanuel Macron launches his sports plan and announces 5,000 sports equipment created or renovated

After the words, the budgetary acts. In his reception speech for the Tokyo medalists on September 13, Emmanuel Macron called for sports mobilization after the disappointing results of the Olympic Games. This speech, which had made waves in the sports world, should lead, a month later, to announcements, during a trip by the Head of State to Seine-Saint-Denis, at the heart of the device. of the Paris Games.

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The president indeed hears, according to his sports advisor Cyril Mourin, “Take advantage of the leverage of games to strengthen sports policy in terms of schools, public health and territorial action”.Concretely, an envelope of 200 million new credits will be opened to the National Sports Agency, an organization created in 2019 to coordinate all sports actions in the territory.

Lightweight and inexpensive infrastructure

No less than 5,000 sports facilities will be created or renovated, according to the Élysée. With a priority for poorly endowed areas: priority neighborhoods for city policy in Seine Saint-Denis or Marseille, and rural development areas. The effort will focus on light and inexpensive infrastructure. The plan targets in particular the City Stadiums, judo halls (dojos), 3 x 3 basketball courts, padel courts or removable swimming pools.

Appropriations will be specifically directed towards the requalification of existing equipment for new needs. Certain college or high school stadiums will thus be fitted out to be accessible to the public outside of school hours. Municipal halls or common areas on the ground floor of social buildings will be suitable for sports uses.

Immediately available credits

For the sake of efficiency, these credits are immediately available, allocated over time, according to the needs expressed by the federations, without waiting for the usual budgetary arbitration. Emmanuel Macron should also announce that the State will commit to at least 50% on each project. This rate can go up to 80% in certain cases (100% in the overseas territories and departments).

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Member of the Loire (Generations) and co-chair of the working group on Paris 2024 at the National Assembly, Régis Juanico regrets that this plan is coming so late. “It’s always good that we put money into sport, explains the opposition MP, but it would not have been necessary to plan for three years in 2017, 2018 and 2019, the sums allocated to sports equipment. We had fallen to a historically low level, there we are correcting it is good, but we lost a lot of time ”.“One can also wonder about the means freed in addition to animate these places, because an empty stadium, without educator or project of animation, it is useless”, he adds.

A president footballer for a day

These announcements will be distilled during a morning dedicated to the sports and Olympic world. The presidential procession will pass through the Olympic village, whose construction is well underway. The opportunity for Emmanuel Macron to check that the deadlines are respected, as well as the conditions of employment imposed by the State in the application file. According to the sports advisor of the Élysée, the imposed target of 10% of jobs induced by Paris 2024 resulting from integration has been exceeded (we are talking about 13%).

The afternoon will then be festive for the president, who will leave Seine Saint-Denis to reach the Yvelines, in Poissy, where the Variétés Club de France, “his” ephemeral football club awaits him. In order to pay tribute to this association organizing matches for the benefit of charities, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, he will put on crampons alongside former glories, such as Marcel Desailly, Arsène Wenger, Christian Karembeu or Jean-Michel Larqué .