The pursuit of gender equality will be one of the priorities at the 2024 Paris Olympics. According to the French Ambassador to Brazil, Brigitte Collet, France has set equality between male and female athletes as a political goal for the next Olympics.
“With regards to male and female parity, it’s not something that— [o país sede dos Jogos Olímpicos] can decide, but it’s something we can encourage, nurture. This is what the French National and Sports Olympic Committee did with the International Olympic Committee,” explained Brigitte Collet, at a gender equality event in sport being held this Thursday. haveTuesday (8), in Brasilia.
According to the Ambassador, France also wants to include young people from less favored areas and shows that international sporting events can be organized with less impact on the environment.
“France wants the Olympics to be an example to the world, in all fields. With regard to equality, he wants this to happen between men and women in the participation of athletes, including Paralympic athletes. In addition, it must include young people from less favored areas of France. The country also wants the game to be a reference in protecting the environment, for example France is building very few new facilities. Take advantage of what is already there, adapt, add to it,” he said.
France is a pioneer in the Olympics. In Paris, in 1900, women participated for the first time in the Olympics. At that time, only six athletes participated in the event. Since then, the presence of women has increased. The percentage of women was only 9% at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, reaching 45% at the Rio Olympics Januaryin 2016, and reached its highest level, 48.8%, in Tokyo 2020.
The experience of women in sport is fraught with challenges, advancements and obstacles. For fencer Amanda Simeão, a participant in the 2016 Olympics, motherhood is one of the most complicated issues among athletes. Many put off their dream of becoming a mother because of their sports career.
“We, in sport, have to plan everything. every cycle [olímpico] It’s been four years and every four years, we get older. We women have a biological clock and I think we have to be ready. In sports, what concerns me is not only about age or ability to compete, but also about finances because if today I am pregnant, I will not continue to be paid”, she argued.
According to Amanda, in addition to the challenges of reconciling training, competition and pregnancy, there is still a risk that athletes’ scores in their category rankings will be lost. There are countries that “freeze” ratings for a certain period of time after pregnancy. In Brazil, however, it is common for athletes to lose this score.
“On the other hand, I see a lot of athletes who, after becoming mothers, become more ferocious, mother lions”, she said. “I don’t see being an athlete and thinking about being a mom is something negative, but I think you need protection so you can come back and go. have support,” he added.
Amanda says that she started in the sport at the age of 11, when she was living in Italy. For him, determination and planning are very important in a sports career. “My dream is to be a football player and there is no women’s team. I train with the boys and I have some problems, like taking a shower. I have to wait for the boys to use the bathroom so I can use it later”, she said.
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