Rugby is a combat sport. Number of educators or coaches have been saying to the envi when it comes to remember the fundamentals of the ovalie. But not quite if one believes the government’s recent decision to launch a new phase of déconfinement by allowing the resumption of all sports, but not, precisely, combat sports. Green light for rugby, but red for the judo, wrestling, taekwondo, or boxing. For the latter, the high-level athletes can certainly find the mats, or donning gloves, but not lovers.
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Suffice to say that for interested federations, the news is hard to swallow. “We are the only ones to stay on the tile and it is perfectly incomprehensible, takes Jean-Luc Rougé, president of the French Federation of judo. We said yes to the rugby and handball, for example, where all the same it rubs severe in the defenses, or to dance contact who can resume it with a protocol very strict, and we slam the door in his face. I explained on the phone to the advisor in sport of the prime minister in the beginning of the week : there is a lack of coherence and blatant. “
A total misunderstanding
As it will also better the writing, the range of disciplines brought together within the Confédération française des martial arts and combat sports (CFAMSC) have sent a letter to the prime minister to obtain “at least a little bit of visibility “stresses Alain Bertholom, president of the CFAMSC and the French wrestling Federation. “Since the beginning of the déconfinement, we ask to be able to resume gradually, by cycle of three weeks, up to find, if possible, a normal activity in early August, he insists. But we’ve never had an answer, and we are at least waiting for an explanation. “
Because the federal president does not know how to fight. A tour of the fight on sand is planned for this summer, and a few dates have already been deleted on the beaches in Occitania and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’azur. “But from the 23 of July, I still have six or seven appointments scheduled, what do I do with it ? “if he asked. Hope that combat sports are not excluded from the next round of stimulus announced for the 11th of July ? “Many clubs are committed on animations this summer with a fee, bookings, and it is thus immediately that we need further clarification or at least a calendar “, says Jean-Luc Rougé.
Obviously it is this uncertainty that is a handicap to most clubs, as evidenced by the coach Mehdi Oumiha, the uncle of Sofiane Oumiha, the silver medalist of the olympic Games in Rio (in light weight), with which he has opened a boxing gym for nearly two years in Toulouse, the Boxoum (200 members). “The current haziness is complicated to manage, “he explains. In the summer, there is a lot of competition for our young people. They ask us questions, and I can’t provide any answers. They get discouraged about the mode : I don’t want to train me for nothing “.
Adherents followers of the boxing recreation, Mehdi Oumiha could accommodate a dozen in respecting the gestures and barriers without any contact. “But what interest, it is to make the opposition and not just pumps or jumping rope. And then it is difficult to say OK to some and not to others. The room is so closed “.
The essential issue of the new school year
And coach cross your fingers especially for the holidays. “I hope that our kids will not be tempted to return to football “, is concerned about it. “The risk is, obviously, a bleeding of licensees, with concerned parents who are reluctant to register their children with ussupports Denis Odjo, the president of the French Federation of taekwondo. The ban is still a bad publicity while in our 850 clubs, many are those who have adapted and are still managing to provide entertainment at a distance, specific workshops, which proves that they also can have the resource. We can not continue to be disadvantaged compared to other sports media “.
A September under the sign of prohibited, Alain Bertholom doesn’t even want to imagine. But it refuses to sink in the sinistrose. “I don’t want to give the impression that we are only in the complaint. This coronavirus, some of which we explained that we have to learn to live with. Skimp ! We’re up to the challenge. Provided that our disciplines are not marginalised “.
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Restart the machine. The French judo Federation has already donned the kimono to bounce to the next school year, with a television advertising campaign, but also in the waiting rooms of houses equipped medical video, or for parents through the national education.
“The issue is important, and it is for this reason that we need to be on par with the other sportsadds Jean-Luc Rougé, president of the French judo Federation, which claims 5 400 clubs and more than 510, 000 members. According to evolution health, we will adapt our message. To reassure, to explain that hygiene, from time immemorial, we know how to make. Will it reinvent itself ? The term is in fashion today. We, our values lighthouse, since always, are the mutual assistance and cooperation. So I refuse to fall into excessive pessimism. “