Nicolas Bonnet-Oulaldj: “Paris 2024 should be a great popular celebration for world peace” – SPORTS


With As the Paris Summer Olympics approached, we met Nicolas Bonnet-Oulaldj, head of the communist group in the Paris Council and member of the PCF’s national leadership.

What does “Paris 2024” mean to you?

Given the context, Paris 2024 should be a great popular celebration for peace in the world, that’s the essence of the Games. The culture of peace should be a priority, for example we should support exchange and cooperation projects between young athletes and sportswomen. For example, we can now launch a call for “I play, meet the world” projects for international sports-related exchanges in colleges and high schools.

Are we entering a new phase of preparation with the closing of the Winter Games in Beijing?

Yep, we’re 2 years away from the Games, which means this house is a stretch! The purpose of the games for the athletes is in everyone’s mind and in the preparation program. For communities, we are in the middle of building the equipment and need to start a major movement to further engage the public in the participation and festivities that will take place around the games.

Where are we in the debates and struggles for the legacy of “Paris 2024”?

This is a key question in presidential and legislative elections. You have to build sports facilities for it to have a legacy, and I think we are far from the goal. We offer a great sports equipment catch plan With the construction of 1000 new swimming pools and 1000 new sports complexes. Priority will be given to developing practices for working-class neighborhoods, overseas departments and districts, women, schools, the elderly, the disabled, and healthy sports.

Do national commitments measure up? Should the presidential election spark more discussion about the different positions in the Games?

Sport should no longer be the 5th wheel of public policy transport. In order to meet the need, we think that a contingency plan is needed in which the loans allocated to sports (2 billion euros) in the first year of the five-year period will immediately double and gradually reach 1% of the budget, that is, 3 billion. euros per year. Priority will be given to sports associations and communities to relaunch the sports offer in our region with objective criteria aimed at reducing inequalities.

How are sports associations and amateur applications redistributed and developed?

The first hurdle is the cost of implementation. The average club registration cost is 250 euros, which inevitably widens inequalities. In 2020, 47% of employees did not play sports, compared to only 13% of managers. We offer club registration assistance to anyone, regardless of age, up to 50% of the social criteria contribution. We also need a radical change in society. Sport will be a right accessible to all, only if purchasing power and leisure time increase. The happy days program prioritizes increasing wages, social minimums and pensions, full retirement at age 60, 32-hour workweek, employment and education.

What do you think about the diplomacy of sports sanctions or the demands to boycott the competitions?

First of all, we must salute the unprecedented movement in support of athletes for peace in Ukraine. Among them are the Russians we must trust to announce the ceasefire. Sport is an important tool for peace and brotherhood.Therefore, sanctions are necessary in the event of war. International competitions should not be held on Russian soil, but in peaceful countries. As for the Russian national teams, they cannot compete under the flag of their country, but athletes can pass under the Olympic flag. Finally, we should target the Russian oligarchs who are supporters of Putin, who owns a big professional club like Chelsea.

One last question about football. After the Champions League final moves to Paris, how about continuing the World Cup in Qatar?

We’ve been in favor of the boycott since the World Cup was awarded to Qatar, but realized that despite thousands of deaths on construction sites, it had little public following. So the World Cup will take place, and this will be an opportunity to start a fundamental debate about attributing major sporting events to certain countries that conflict with the values ​​promoted by Olympism. We must consider human rights, the environment and the rights of workers. We propose the creation of an international agency, such as the World Anti-Doping Agency, made up of States responsible for the sport movement and for awarding major sporting events according to ethical, social and ecological criteria.