Emmanuel Macron wants the resumption of sport among minors, with a reinforced health protocol for indoor sports.
Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday a new envelope of around 400 million euros for the benefit of the sports sector, paralyzed by the health crisis, with aid to clubs, federations, young people in difficulty and sports halls. During a meeting with officials from the sports world, the Head of State hoped that sports activities for young people in clubs could resume in December after being suspended by the Covid-19 crisis, said the Elysee Palace. .
This recovery, which depends on the evolution of the epidemic, will be linked to the implementation of reinforced protocols, in particular for indoor sports, said the Presidency of the Republic.
The eagerly awaited aid was decided during a videoconference with players in the world of sport, who had launched a call for help, pointing out the catastrophic financial consequences of the re-containment: stadiums without ticket offices, closure of sports halls and fall of club memberships.
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The clubs will be able to benefit from aid compensating for the loss of ticketing representing approximately 30 million euros per month for the last quarter of 2020, or a total of approximately 100 million, announced the Elysee after the meeting.
They will also benefit from exemptions from charges assessed at 105 million euros.
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As for the return of spectators to the stadiums, the time has come for patience. This will not happen before the start of 2021 and it will have to respect a gauge that will be linked to the capacity of the stadiums or rooms, said the Elysee. The return of the public “is not possible in December” because of the evolution of the Covid-19 epidemic, estimated Emmanuel Macron, during the video conference with the sports world.
A “sport pass” in 2021
Taking this opportunity, the President of the Republic also announced the launch in 2021 of a “sport pass” device to help young people to practice a sporting activity, at a total cost of 100 million euros.
The criteria for this aid intended for families to pay for membership in a club or buy equipment have yet to be defined, for a launch in 2021, the Elysee said.