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“Public sports policies are not limited to the educational question”

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A four years of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, the relegation of a full-service sports ministry to a delegated ministry under the authority of the national education and youth ministry is not a good political signal.
The placement under supervision within the national education is revealing of the place – minor – of sport in our country.

The budget for culture exceeds 10 billion euros and that of national education 73 billion euros, pensions included, with more than one million civil servants. The financial resources allocated to sport, 750 million euros in budgetary credits, assigned taxes and payroll, or 0.3% of the nation’s budget – a “drop in the bucket” – have fallen further over the past three years. 50 million euros.

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Amateur sport, or 90% of sports associations that are not employers, is the only major sector of activity, with its 3 million volunteers working in 350,000 clubs, not to benefit from a specific recovery plan after the health crisis. , apart from a territorial solidarity fund within the National Sports Agency of only 15 million euros, financed by redeployment.

The need for a strong state in the field of sport

This lack of support for “sports expenditure” reflects an underestimation of the effects of the health crisis on the sports ecosystem by the government, while all the elected officials in the field can see that thousands of associative structures are now threatened. at the start of the school year, fearing both a loss of their licensees and for the sustainability of their activities, after a long cut of almost six months!

While most of the financial resources are concentrated today in the hands of the National Sports Agency, with a budget of nearly 300 million euros, the sports ministry only represents 120 million euros, by being refocused on the sovereign functions of control, expertise, evaluation, training, safety, integrity and health protection of athletes, and international relations.

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In terms of staff, the sports administration has only 120 agents at the central level, 1,500 technical and sports advisers (CTS) and around 1,500 agents in decentralized state services. These state agents have shown an ability to adapt during the health crisis which is a credit to public service. This crisis has demonstrated the need for a strong State in the field of sport. The absorption of sports administration by that of national education has already been well underway for three years.

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