Developing parasport in France: from singularity to universality, an opportunity for all
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EDUCATION, CULTURE AND COMMUNCIATION COMMISSION
Date adopted : 03/29/2023
Marie-Amélie LE FUR
While in 2022*, 60% of French men and women and 47% of people with disabilities said that they did a physical and sports activity at least once a week, French sport must seize the opportunity provided by organising the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games so that all its actors evolve, reinvent themselves and thus include a sporting nation in the events.
The sedentary nature of our lifestyles and the many obstacles to practising sport (gender, age, socio-professional situation, disability, access, choice, infrastructure, training, financing, etc.) mean that too many people cannot find their place in the current sport model.
However, practising sport is a major public health issue because of its effect on physical and mental health, and it generates multiple other positive impacts. The evolution of sports associations’ economic model and the development of jobs in the commercial sports sector thus create a real economic dynamism and a source of social commitment.