— Published 28 January 2022

A report to prepare the future

This is an unusual initiative. The report that led to the launch on 29 November of the new coordination of French sport – “French Sport Touch – Federating to win” – is now available to all. It will be put online by the DIGES (Interministerial Directorate for Major Sports Events), from this Friday 28 January, at the request of Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education, Youth and Sports, and Roxana Maracineanu, Minister of Sports.

Signed by the inter-ministerial delegate Michel Cadot, the report of about one hundred pages will be freely available for consultation by the general public and the actors of the sport movement. This approach was driven by the public authorities’ desire to share the recommendations, all of which are oriented towards the ambition of an influential France on the international sports scene before the Paris 2024 Games, and even more so after the current Olympiad.

The starting point of the DIGES report dates back to February 2021. Mandated by the French Ministry of Sport and the French sport movement, the DIGES undertook an in-depth analysis of the strategies of French sport actors on the international scene. It identifies the points of convergence. It points out possible areas for progress.

Between March and June 2021, the team in charge of the project conducted 70 interviews, then gathered and synthesised a mass of documents transmitted by sports bodies, including 26 national federations and several local authorities. It also studied comparable work carried out in Japan, England, Denmark and the United States. Its report was submitted on 26 July 2021 to Jean-Michel Blanquer and Roxana Maracineanu.

Less than three months later, on 22 October, the Minister of Sport presented her conclusions to the French sports movement during the World Track Cycling Championships in Roubaix. On 29 November, the French Sport Touch was officially created. It was presented on 7 December in Dubai, at the French Pavilion of the Universal Exhibition.