In a letter addressed to the President of the Republic, the alliance of outdoor disciplines, created at the initiative of Pascal Grizot (FFGolf), formulates two proposals to “defend the interests of this entire industry” in the event of potential government measures .
Concerned about the health situation, six French sports federations sent a letter to Emmanuel Macron at the start of the week in order to anticipate “the entry into force of local or national containment measures”, as they are envisaged in recent days by the executive.
This alliance brings together the main nature and outdoor sports and activities and counts among its members golf, hunting, horse riding, sailing, fishing and surfing. The federation presidents have entrusted Pascal Grizot, recently elected at the head of the FFGolf and at the initiative of the project, with the task of representing them. The ambition is to defend the interests of this entire industry.
Double proposition and triple benefit
In the event that “measures to restrict movement at the local level or the return to strict confinement would be considered”, the alliance’s letter addressed to the President of the Republic insists on “the need to guarantee access to these practices and to natural spaces for the French ”. In this perspective, two proposals are formulated.
“The first, details the letter, would allow to frame the exemption that would be accessible to the French in order to allow them to continue to have access to these activities, and would limit the time of practice to 3 hours, less than 30 kilometers from the home.” It is recalled that “this type of supervision, in terms of duration and distance”, proved its worth when measures to ease containment were implemented last December.
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The second proposal promoted in the letter “follows our discussions with the Minister for Sports and would consist in opening the doors of our clubs to licensees deprived of access to their sport, during this new confinement.” This provision, jointly supported by all six federations, would favorably target the reception of young audiences. Free access to facilities and practice would be applied to this public, in the extracurricular or out-of-school context.
Concluding on the “triple benefit: health, economic and social” of these measures, it is recalled that the “country needs it” while “the harmlessness in terms of exposure to a risk of contamination linked to the practice of an outdoor activity has now been demonstrated ”. According to the alliance, it is more than a “breath of fresh air and an outlet” that is at issue, but indeed “this freedom granted to all”.