Nice gesture. Visiting late last week in Liévin, Pas-de-Calais, the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, announced that France would “release a specific aid of one million euros” for Ukrainian athletes. Objective: to help them prepare for the Paris 2024 Games. “We want Ukraine can be embodied in the most beautiful way” during the next Olympic and Paralympic appointment, explained the French minister at a meeting with Ukrainian athletes present in northern France. The aid promised by the authorities will take the form of “preparation courses” and a “preparation center for the Games that we will try to define with the Ukrainian teams”. Amélie Oudéa-Castéra took advantage of her trip to Liévin to talk about the Russian question. According to her, their possible participation in the Paris 2024 Games poses “a whole series of questions very important to us and which generate skepticism. We have today much more questions than answers on these themes”. As a reminder, France is among the signatories of a letter sent last week to the IOC, asking for “clarifications” on the notion of neutrality of a possible Russian – and Belarusian – delegation to the Paris 2024 Games.
— Published 27 February 2023