“The extreme right in sport, especially in stadiums, is synonymous with racism, xenophobia, homophobia and sexism” | EUROtoday

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A Professional Football League official wears an armband with the LGBTQIA+ rainbow flag, during the match between Stade Brestois 29 and AJ Auxerre, at the Francis-le-Blé stadium, in Brest (Finistère), on May 14, 2023.

PCan we resolve, on July 26, to ship again to the world the picture of a fractured society, of a rustic within the midst of a serious political disaster, of a authorities led by the intense proper? This identical excessive proper which, in sport, notably in stadiums, is synonymous solely with racism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism. Or would we want, on the event of the Paris Games, to welcome the world right into a fraternal France, mobilized for peace and human rights, for the surroundings? This France that we wish to construct collectively, the place sport is mixed with emancipation and happiness: a France of in style sport.

In 1936, whereas the Nazis had been utilizing the Berlin Olympics as a propaganda showcase, and the Francoist rebellion was annihilating the Popular Olympics in Barcelona, ​​the Popular Front made leisure and sports activities a state concern. With the creation of a particular under-secretariat of state, Léo Lagrange initiated a proactive coverage of democratizing sport for all, constructed across the values ​​of in style sport born in 1934 with the creation of the Fédération sportive et gymnique du travail by the Union of Socialist and Communist Workers' Sports Organizations.

So, if in 2024 the union of the left and the environmentalists, by way of the New Popular Front, is the one viable response to the intense right-wing peril that the President of the Republic and his governments have positioned us in since 2017, the gamers and actresses of the sporting world who share the concept and ambition of a preferred sport should play their full half.

Making sport a software for in style training once more

Our in style sport is instructional. At college, bodily and sports activities training (EPS) trains unbiased, wholesome and socially educated residents. By setting the follow of PE at 4 hours per week all through education, we’ll give this too typically denigrated self-discipline its rightful place throughout the training system, and the means for its academics to realize its function. In golf equipment, important hyperlinks in territorial cohesion, bodily and sports activities actions are a necessary lever for transmitting the values ​​of dwelling collectively. By relaunching the creation of backed jobs for associations, we’ll (re)make sport a software for in style training.

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Our in style sport is a vector of well being and well-being. “Opening a stadium means closing a hospital”mentioned Léo Lagrange. If he was a precursor in lots of respects, the menace that bodily inactivity and a sedentary way of life pose to our society at present is additional affirmation of this.

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