In a letter sent Thursday to the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, and of which the JDD was aware, the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF) is concerned about the “heavy damage” suffered by sports federations as a result health restrictions issued by the government. Jean-Michel Brun, secretary general of the institution, points to “an average drop of 25% in license subscriptions at the start of the sports season”. This is equivalent to “4.6 million licensees” less.
For the 107 CNOSF member federations, this would represent more than 150 million losses and 800 million for the clubs. As for the limit of the gauges to 5,000 spectators, further lowered this week, its impact is estimated by the federations at “300 million euros simply in loss of ticketing and hospitality”.
Minors can continue their sports activity
The French Handball Federation assured on September 3 to be at “70% of the objectives” compared to last year; that of judo evoked in mid-September the figure of 80%. “We must expect a drop of the order of 20 to 30% of licensees”, confided then at World the director general of the National Sports Agency (ANS), Frédéric Sanaur.
In the maximum alert zone and the reinforced alert zone, sports halls and gymnasiums were initially to close, without distinction of the public. The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, had indicated this Wednesday, evoking “places of significant contamination”. But the government partially backtracked on Friday, indicating that they could finally remain open to minors who practice sport in clubs and associations (high-level athletes and students in Staps, future professionals in the sector, are also concerned) .