This week, we talk about the difficulties of amateur sport that continue. Already heavily affected by the health crisis, he is facing a new tough opponent: the health pass which has slowed down registrations in clubs this coming back to school. And then we also talk about the exceptional “Boxing Day” which will take place between Christmas 2022 and January 2023 in Ligue 1.
The return to school in September is traditionally one of the most important periods for sports clubs. According to an Odoxa poll for RTL and Keneo, 24% of sports fans claim to have given up registration “in a club or a sports association” or have “encountered difficulties” in doing so. The main reason: the establishment of the health pass in sports associations for amateur practice. Out of all the French people questioned, 12% encountered problems for themselves and 8% for their children, or 18% in total, counting the duplicates. This rate rises to 29% among 18-24 year olds and 34% among 25-34 year olds.
Towards the closure of many sports halls?
At the same time, at the beginning of October, Active-FNEAPL, the national union of outdoor and indoor leisure companies, carried out a survey of its 1,700 member clubs to take stock of the results for the month of September. The union is worried about the results of this survey which compares September 2019 (before Covid) to September 2020. 85% of sports hall managers see a drop in their turnover. 95% of sports halls see a drop in attendance (the average drop is 40%). Figures which seem to indicate a disaffection of the sector and which worries the leaders of clubs and the union Active-FNEAPL which fears the closure of many clubs. To date, 22% of sports halls are considering an approach to the commercial court.
The Paris marathon in figures with Sporsora data
The 44th Paris Marathon will take place this Sunday, October 17 over the legendary distance of 42.195 kilometers through the most prestigious arteries of the capital from the Champs-Elysées to Porte Dauphine.
The only departure from tradition: the date of the race. Indeed, the Paris Marathon is usually organized around April. But this year, due to Covid-19, ASO preferred to postpone the race to fall 2021, to avoid repeated administrative cancellations like last year when the event was postponed for the first time to October 18, 2020 due to the coronavirus epidemic, then to November 15, 2020. And had been finally canceled.
On the side of the course, the runners will start from the avenue des Champs-Elysées then cross the Place de la Concorde, the Place Vendôme, the Opéra Garnier, the Hôtel de Ville, the Place de La Bastille, the Château de Vincennes, the Bois de Vincennes, Notre Dame de Paris, the Orsay Museum, the Eiffel Tower or the Bois de Boulogne …
As for the 2019 winners, Ethiopia won thanks to the victory, among women, of Gelete Burka, who came first in 2 h 22 min 47 sec. She was followed by her compatriots Azmera Gebru (2 h 22 min 52 sec) and Azmera Abreha (2 h 23 min 35 sec), second and third respectively. On the men’s side, Abrha Milaw in 2 h 07 min 05 sec, stole the show from the two-time defending champion, the Kenyan Paul Lonyangata, who finished third in 2 h 07 min 29 sec. The second being another Ethiopian, Asefa Mengistu, who completed the course in 2 h 07 min 25 sec. In the disabled sports category, Frenchman Julien Casoli won his third wheelchair race victory.
On the endowment side, the bonuses are the same for men and women: $ 40,000 for the winner, 20,000 for the second and 10,000 for the third, provided that they complete the course below the reference time set by the organizers: 2h23’15 ” for women and 2h11’45 ” for men.
A Boxing Day in Ligue1, Christmas gift for fans
The Board of Directors of the Football League announced, Wednesday, October 13, that a “Boxing Day” will take place between Christmas 2022 and January 2023 to hold the next season, shortened by the holding of the World Cup, November 21 to December 18, 2022.
Once is not custom, the round ball copies the oval, at least for 2022. The L1 will be on hiatus between November 13 and Wednesday December 28, during the World Cup in Qatar, and will return for a “Boxing Day “organized” on an exceptional basis “, as specified in the press release from the LFP. If the organization of a “Boxing Day” just after Christmas, is a tradition in England where the Premier League continues during the holiday season, before taking a break in early January, it is not in habits in France. The winter break is even included in the Charter of professional football which stipulates that it must last “at least two weeks at the time of the end of the year holidays”.
Ligue 1 will then continue with a 17th day scheduled for Sunday, January 1, 2023. The date of the last day of Ligue 1 pre-World Cup, November 12 and 13, corresponds to the international calendar of Fifa, which provides for the provision of players for their selections on November 14, one week before the start of the competition.
More football matches in France on May 5
On Thursday, October 14, the Senate adopted the bill to freeze football matches on May 5. On the eve of the thirtieth anniversary of the Furiani tragedy, this article aims to pay tribute to the victims of this accident which occurred on May 5, 1992. That evening, just before the kickoff of the Coupe de France semi-final, between the Bastia and Olympique de Marseille clubs, the upper part of a temporary stand of the stadium had collapsed, resulting in the death of 19 people. More than 2,300 others were injured.
The bill provides that “ no meeting or sporting event organized within the framework of or on the sidelines of the French professional football championships of the first and second divisions, the French football Cup and the Champions Trophy is played on May 5 “. Amateur football matches will still be able to be held, but players and referees will wear a black armband.
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