It is in the rural setting of the Bois de Vincennes (Val-de-Marne) that the Minister of Sports began her week this Monday, May 18, with a visit to the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance (Insep). A place that Roxana Maracineanu (44) knows well since she was a boarder there when she started her swimming career.
Obviously happy to be back in the company of general manager Ghani Yalouz, Roxana Maracineanu declared that she was "happy with the reopening" of the campus after two months of confinement and welcomed "the health protocol implemented in this training center of the Olympic family ”which protects“ the health of all, agents and sportspeople ”.
She said that "all training can now resume - collective and individual, fighting - in compliance with the health framework imposed", which requires barrier gestures and distancing. "For the past two months, the objective has been to be able to allow sporting activity for all" and "it is important today for high-level athletes to rediscover the path of training and group dynamics", a- she clarified.
"There are still unknowns about the effect of the virus on organisms that practice high dose, high intensity sport"Roxana Maracineanu
Despite the fact that "there are still unknowns as to the effect of the virus on organisms that practice sport in high doses, at high intensity", the Minister of Sports, who places "rather on the side of athletes, first links of the chain ”, is delighted with this recovery for the entire sports sector.
During the confinement, the Insep facilities underwent renovation and adaptation work, initiated by the general manager Ghani Yalouz and his teams. The training locations have been adapted and now offer a signposted direction of access and circulation, for example. Hydroalcoholic gel is available throughout the campus while the buildings and premises that house and welcome the athletes have been completely cleaned and will be regularly disinfected.
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The campus should find “gradually and in agreement with the federations” its residents and the agents (around 800 people) who made up its population before the confinement linked to the Coronavirus pandemic.
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