While professional sport has been at a standstill for almost a month, various players in the sports world have signed a forum that we are publishing and in which they stress the importance of practicing physical activity as well as seeing this sector evolve.
The world of sport, represented by all its families (athletes, decision-makers, leaders, manufacturers, influencers, partners), decided to publish a forum in the midst of confinement in order to explain why the crisis of coronavirus – which has put an end to professional and amateur athletes – will force to change the practice of sport in the near future.
“Do more sport to live better”, say the signatories, including champions like Yannick Agnel, Bruno Cheyrou, Ladji Doucouré, Muriel Hurtis, Sarah Ourahmoune, Marc Lièvremont or Yoann Maestri, as well as politicians, like Valérie Fourneyron, Patrick Kanner or Régis Juanico.
The confinement made it possible “to become aware of the vital need to move”, say the authors of this strong message. But when activities can resume in stadiums, parks, schools, some lessons will have to be learned. “Sport will therefore have to be reformed at all levels: from professional sport to mass sport,” said the podium, before specifying: “It is for sport to play fully and responsibly its role as a major player and accelerator of this societal transition. ”
Here is the text of their appeal:
The health crisis we are going through is already combined with an economic and social crisis, the extent and consequences of which have yet to be measured.
Women and men working in the world of sport, we sincerely hope that there is “a before and after Covid-19”. We believe that sport and each of us, like the legendary hummingbird, must do our part.
The confinement has led to a powerful slowdown in our activities and a profound change in many of our daily habits. This questions us today: rather than suffer these violent crises, should we not, on our own, slow down in a sustainable way? Not to regress socially, economically or even sportingly, but to live better tomorrow and give ecosystems time to regenerate. We advocate a more united and responsible growth, respectful of our planet and its inhabitants to build a sustainable, fairer, more equitable and more harmonious society.
What if, finally, we take the time?
To take the time is to do differently, not always more but to do better. To take the time is to devote more to your loved ones. To take the time is to give more to others and to work in the general interest. Taking the time means leaving your car for short trips and walking, pedaling, running … Taking the time means giving your employees time to practice a sport. Taking the time is doing more sport to live better. Taking time is also leaving nature to not exhaust its resources.
Sport has its place in the construction of this new society. On the one hand, Covid-19 seems to have affected the most fragile people more seriously because of their age and / or their general state of health. However, numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of sports practice on the prevention and / or treatment of various pathologies.
On the other hand, the confinement will have raised awareness of the vital need to move. Move to live better confinement, move to free yourself from this pressure, move to feel free, simply move for pleasure …
Physical activity and sport have thus been recognized as a basic – almost vital – need by the government by being included in the list of the seven grounds for authorization to leave during the confinement period. This recognition could represent a major turning point for the place of sport in our country and permanently anchor the practice of sport in the lives of French men and women.
Coupled with the prospect of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024, this health crisis is a situation which must imperatively lead us to make sport a major tool in the construction of this new society. Don’t let it pass. Paris 2024 is a unique project that promotes sport, but more generally, being active, moving around as an essential factor of well-being, balance, development and social ties.
Sport is therefore one of the solutions, but it is also part of the problem.
Sport will therefore have to be reformed at all levels: from professional sport to mass sport. This crisis has highlighted the excesses and fragility of the economic model of professional sport and the need for more comprehensive, sustainable and genuinely responsible regulation. For its part, the associative sports movement must urgently transform and propose an offer that is truly adapted to the new needs of this sustainable society. This new model also means completely revising the place of sport in school so that the practice of physical and sporting activity is at the heart of our children’s education, from an early age.
We, signatories, commit to putting all our energy, in our respective institutions and businesses, but also our personal lives to support this change and allow sport to play fully and responsibly its role as a major player and accelerator of this societal transition.
In addition, like the documentary “Tomorrow” which highlighted many successful experiences in different fields around the world, we want to launch a platform highlighting and disseminating all the good initiatives of sport to inspire and engage the more people.