France will boost sports practice before the Paris 2024 Olympics
Posted On October 14, 2021
French President Emmanuel Macron said the government will help fund 5,000 local facilities to enable more people to play sports, especially in poorer areas of the country, ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics
ThroughThe Associated Press
October 14, 2021 at 1:02 p.m.
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PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday the government would help fund 5,000 local facilities to enable more people to play sports, especially in poorer areas of the country, ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The announcement came hours before Macron was scheduled to play in a charity football game to raise funds for the Hospitals Foundation, alongside former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
The government will provide more than 200 million euros ($ 232 million) to help local authorities fund around 1,000 judo dojos, 1,000 municipal parks, basketball and handball courts, small mobile swimming pools and further installations by 2024, Macron said.
The move aims to remedy an “injustice”, he said. “It is often in the poorest areas (…) that these facilities are lacking.”
The package will focus on financing the practice of sport in working-class suburbs and rural areas.
Also Thursday, Macron visited a sports center with former French NBA player Tony Parker, and the construction site of the future Olympic village in the northern suburbs of Paris.
In a speech at the headquarters of the Paris 2024 organizing committee, Macron said the budget and schedule had so far been adhered to in preparations for the Games.
He called for the Paris Olympics to be “inclusive” and respectful of the environment, and expressed the hope that they will bring back to France “many medals, will show our social and environmental excellence, will create a lot of jobs and housing “.
Macron has strongly supported the Olympic project since his election in 2017, a few weeks before Paris was confirmed as future host. The city’s first Olympics since 1924 are expected to have a budget of 6.8 billion euros ($ 7.9 billion).