Situation in Ukraine, Paris 2024, carbon footprint … The new Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, details her many projects

While the Paris Grand Slam tournament is in full swing, the new Minister of Sports is trying to keep an eye on Roland-Garros. During an interview with RMC on Saturday, May 28, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, former director general of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), spoke about the Porte d’Auteuil event, but also about her new responsibilities, the Olympic Games. and the Paris 2024 Paralympics, the Champions Finals, and green planning measures for sport.

Situation in Ukraine: Russian players subject to “a regime of strict neutrality”

The organizers of the Wimbledon tournament (June 27-July 10) have decided to exclude Russian and Belarusian players from the 2022 edition. In response, the ATP and the WTA, which govern the men’s female, they have advanced that there would be no points. awarded to participants, thus freezing the classification.

If discussions between the various parties continue, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra has stated that “Wimbledon was very isolated on the issue”. “When Russian players only represent themselves, it is difficult to exclude them from a competition. At Roland Garros they are subject to a regime of strict neutrality. Any pro-Putin or pro-Russia would give rise to an order of ‘exclusion’.

Asked about a possible position taken by a Russian player in favor of Ukraine during the tournament, the Minister of Sports did not go too far. “They could say that, it’s their freedom. There’s also an informal environment, in a locker room, etc., that allows them to express things that the context doesn’t always allow them to express publicly.”

On the contrary, he thought, in terms of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid on Saturday, that the winner should talk about the situation in Ukraine. As a reminder, the party had moved to Paris a few days after the invasion of Russian troops in late February, when it was initially to be held in St. Petersburg. “Given what is happening, this message of absolute solidarity with the Ukrainian people is important.”he commented.

Paris 2024, “a lever to improve the place of sport in France”

Appointed Minister of Sports but also of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra explained her duties and her role as a political intermediary with the Organizing Committee. “We are fully aware that this is an important global event that will be one of the most important of the five years, and therefore there must be a political and social responsibility in the way these Games will be developed, and in the trail they will leave. “The meaning of my mission is to help and federate the teams to organize themselves as best they can, to manage the carbon footprint and to have controlled budgets.

The Minister is attended by Kylian Mbappé to participate in the international influence of the event. According to her, “No photos” : PSG must release him to compete in the competition. “Representing his country at the 2024 Olympics has always been a dream come true. It’s a big yes, in capital letters.”

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On several occasions, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra insisted on the notion of the legacy of the Paris Olympics: “The ability of the Games to take advantage of improving the place of sport in France is at the heart of my mission.”

Ecological transition to sport: the carbon footprint at the heart of the problems

Emmanuel Macron had reaffirmed during the presidential campaign his intention to further structure his environmental policy. Thus, within the new government, a post of Secretary General of Ecological Planning was created.

This concern is no longer limited to the ministry in charge of these issues, watering other areas, including sport. Amélie Oudéa-Castéra began by recalling “the frame“, designed around the UN climate, the Sports for Climate Change program and the charter of 15 eco-responsible commitments launched by his ministry in 2017. “It’s a voluntary approach: using renewable energy, encouraging smooth mobility, having a focus on food waste, optimizing waste management … All of these issues in our competitions are key.”

“At Roland-Garros, more than 90% of the carbon footprint is linked to transport”remembered. “We know we need more structural measures with circuit organizers, competitions, to fight air travel. There are also clean fuel measures for air travel, and the Games are quite committed to that perspective.”

Incidents in the stands: Oudéa-Castéra advocates “absolute firmness”

Assaulted players, field invasions, projectile launches, delays by the authorities … After several years of progress in the management of the fans, French football has fallen again this season, with an endless series of incidents that have resulted in no less than 11 closed doors, 35 grandstand closures, 24 parking lot closures and 130 travel bans.

Asked about these facts, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra explained that she was in favor of one “absolute firmness”. “Stadiums should continue to be places of joy, of pleasure where to take your children. This does not exclude the desire for dialogue with the club and the management of the club or the National Division for the Fight against Hooliganism. This message of firmness only goes hand in hand with the social message of what clubs can do ”.

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