one hundred new cases registered in the 2020-2021 season.

Two years after the first National Convention for the Prevention of Violence in Sports, the speeches have not stopped. Both for exposing old facts, and for the most recent actions. On Wednesday, March 9, Minister Delegate of Sports Roxana Marachineanu brought together various players from the worlds of sports, the judiciary, national education and child protection to strike a new balance.

As such, Fabienne Bourdais, Ministerial Delegate to Combat Violence in Sports, reported that as of December 31, 2021, there were 610 incidents of violence identified since the launch of the cell in February 2020. “Since January 1, 2022, we have received 30 additional messages. Suffice it to say that this topic is not ours.” Fabienne Bourdais emphasized in a loud voice.

As if fixing the problem in the present, the ministry delegate clarified that out of 610 cases, 107 are in the 2020-2021 sports season. In total, more than 70% of cases relate to acts committed within the last ten years.

In 89% of cases, the messages were of a sexual nature. In total, 54 sports federations are affected, but 12 of them concentrate 68% of the business. The vast majority of acts of violence took place in “entertainment facilities”although the top level is no exception – 37 reports concern high level structures.

As in the 2021 estimate, the victims are mostly women – 79% – and minors at the time of the events (84%). On the side of the aggressors, among the 655 defendants, 395 were athletes, including 86 on a voluntary basis. “Among the 309 paid teachers or trainees involved, a third did not have a valid professional credential when it was required,” regretted Fabien Bourdais.

Among the cases under the jurisdiction of the ministerial unit, 60% have already been closed. Just over 200 investigations are still ongoing. The study of these cases led to the adoption of almost 300 administrative decisions by the prefects of the department. Thus, 120 emergency measures were announced, banning sports for a maximum of six months (investigation time), as well as 67 indefinite bans. For their part, the federations have begun 23 permanent exposures.

As part of the first National Assembly in 2020, the Minister of Sports undertook to introduce a systematization of the integrity of volunteers from January 2021. Almost two million criminal cases had to be checked, and the task was enormous.

To date, 68 federations have taken on this mission, with 216,000 audits carried out with a clear acceleration since the start of 2022. This work allowed for the exclusion of profiles: three emergency injunctions and 17 cases of incapacity for work (associated with a registered criminal conviction). in the case of perpetrators of sexual or violent crimes).