At a time when sport is being promoted as a significant nationwide trigger, senators level out “the gap between declarations and reality” of the means | EUROtoday

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The Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, and the former rugby player of the South African team Tendai Mtawarira during the arrival of the Webb Ellis Cup, in Gennevilliers (Hauts-de-Seine), on May 31, 2023.

“Beautiful slogan”, “primarily cosmetic support”, “insufficient budgetary translation”… While bodily and sporting observe has been declared a significant nationwide trigger in 2024 and the primary developments of this initiative will likely be offered by the Minister of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games (JOP), Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Monday night to the world sports activities and Tuesday, November 21 to native elected officers (in the course of the Mayors’ Show in Paris), the senators by no means stopped, a couple of days earlier, to focus on the“huge gap between statements and reality” efforts carried out by the State in favor of sport.

In the wake of the rapporteur for opinion, Jean-Jacques Lozach (Socialist Party), the Committee on Culture, Education and Communication thus issued, on November 15, an opinion unfavorable to the adoption of the appropriations allotted to the game within the finance invoice for 2024.

The nice nationwide trigger was notably one of many targets of senators, from virtually all political sides. In their eyes, this operation dangers having little or no tangible impact on each day sporting observe. “Half of the credits will be allocated to communication actions. This will be insufficient to allow French people, increasingly affected by a sedentary lifestyle, to return to the path of sporting practice. deplores Senator Claude Kern (Centrist Union).

The government plans to devote 5.5 million euros to a communication campaign, to the labeling of projects and events, or to the mobilization of elected officials, the sports movement, businesses… To this sum will be added 5 million for financing projects and events around sport.

“A long-term vision is necessary”

More broadly, it’s “the gap with the ambition to build a sporting nation”, displayed since 2022 by the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, identified by the senators. As proof, they level to the weak point of the means allotted to sport by the State (0.18% of the full funds) and their evolution.

For 2024, “the sports program [hors JOP] increases by 8% [à 889 millions d’euros], which represents an additional 60 million euros. But it includes 51 million expenses directly linked to the Olympic Games and therefore non-renewable”underlines Jean-Jacques Lozach, who, like Michel Savin (Les Républicains), evokes a funds ” trompe l’oeil “.

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It shouldn’t be the trajectory of public funds till 2027 that’s more likely to reassure senators. “The question of the legacy of the JOPs will arise from mid-2024, then in 2025”, argues Mathilde Ollivier (Europe Ecologie-Les Verts). Amélie Oudéa-Castéra confirmed that fee credit allotted to sports activities observe will drop by 130 million euros in 2025 and 2026. Despite all the things, the minister highlighted the soundness of fee authorizations and declared that she had the reassurance of ‘“an absence of dropout”.

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