Known for its common sense in politics, the sports world has decided to fight against the far right. in a forum cited by Parisian and France info52 athletes, active or retired, took a stand against Marine Le Pen and called for a vote in favor of President Emmanuel Macron, who left office on 24 April in the second round of the French presidential election.
Athletes are planning 2024 in Paris, when the capital will host the Olympic Games, to deliver their message: ” ‘I declare the opening of the Paris Games, celebrating the 33rd Olympics of the modern era.’ With these words, it will be up to the next Head of State to officially open the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. On Friday, July 26, 2024, at the end of the opening ceremony on the River Seine, among dozens of heads of state. Whoever gets elected on April 24 will represent the country in the eyes of the world, in front of athletes from around the world and billions of television viewers. It will open the Paralympic Games in a few weeks.“
Then, the 52 signatories take a clear stand against the National Rally Marine Le Pen nominee:We, French athletes and women from all walks of life and discipline, cannot imagine that this historic moment has been marked by the seal of a far-right presidency. If we are fully aware of the difficulties faced by many Frenchmen, we believe that voting for a party that would endanger republican values would be the worst remedy. Sport, which we believe in the values of Olympism, consists of friendship and respect; is the place of diversity. It rejects all discrimination. Across the region, in our cities, suburbs and countryside, sport is a powerful remedy for exclusion. In these uncertain times, it is a rallying point. This is when an entire nation remembers that its athletes are ONE, vibrating in harmony behind their success.“
Therefore, the tribune calls on the signatories to vote in favor of Emmanuel Macron: “Because we believe in this fraternal and inclusive sport, we are committed to preventing our nation from putting the opposite, stigmatizing the other, withdrawing into itself, placing a president who embodies nationalism. And that’s why we call on Emmanuel Macron to vote on April 24.“
List of 52 signatories of the forum: Clarisse Agbégnénou (judo), Samir Aït Saïd (artistic gymnastics), Valériane Ayayi Vukosavljević (basketball), Brahim Asloum (boxing), Romain Bardet (cycling), Cécilia Berder (fencing), Alain Bernard (swimming), Marie Bochet (handisport skiing) ) ), Laure Boulleau (soccer), Justine Braisaz-Bouchet (biathlete), Romain Cannone (fencing), Souleymane Cissokho (boxing), Élodie Clouvel (modern pentathlon), Cléopâtre Darleux (handball), Isabelle Demongeot (tennis), Stéphane Diagana ( athletics), Boris Diaw (basketball), Céline Dumerc (basketball), Allison Pineau (handball), Antoine Dupont (rugby), Gévrise Emane (judo), Maud Fontenoy (sailing), Pierre Gasly (Formula 1), Edgar Grospiron ( skiing freestyle), Amandine Henry (soccer), Stéphane Houdet (wheelchair tennis), Muriel Hurtis (track and field), Michaël Jeremiasz (wheelchair tennis), Nikola Karabatic (handball), Raphaël Ibañez (rugby), Jean Le Cam ( sailing), Eugénie Le Sommer (soccer), Christophe Lemaître (athletics), Laure Manaudou (swimming), Blaise Ma tuidi (soccer), Frédéric Michalak (rugby), Estelle Mossely (boxing), Earvin Ngapeth (volleyball), Valérie Nicolas (handball), Yannick Noah (tennis), Sarah Ourahmoune (boxing), Jean-Pierre Papin (soccer), Tony Parker (basketball), Dimitri Payet (soccer), Marie-José Pérec (track and field), Thibaut Pinot (cycling), Jackson Richardson (handball), Charles Rozoy (hurdle swimming), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (tennis), Hessy Trémoulière ( rugby), Cameron Woki (rugby), Tony Yoka (boxing).