By Gabriel Kenedi
His decision was eagerly awaited. Like several large cities in France such as Lille, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Marseilles or Paris (non-exhaustive list), the city of Toulouse has decided not to broadcast the matches of the next World Cup in Qatarwhich will take place from November 20 to December 18, 2022.
No giant screen
So there won’t be no giant screen installed on Place du Capitole (where the Christmas market will take place every year), or elsewhere (the Prairie des Filtres, which had housed a large fan-zone during the 2018 World Cup, could have been an option), in Toulouse .
Remember that the World Cup in Qatar is particularly controversial because of the number of deaths occurring in the context of the construction of the eight stadiums which will house the competition, the treatment reserved for immigrant workers, or even because of its climatic impact which promises to be particularly dangerous. This is one of the reasons given by the cities, including that of Toulouse, for announcing the decision not to broadcast the matches of the World Cup on a giant screen.
“A significant cost and energy expenditure”
But other parameters are taken into account to explain this boycott: at a time when energy prices are exploding (including for local authorities) and when the question of energy sobriety is at the heart of the news, the relevance of installing a giant screen in the middle of winter – and its financial and ecological impact – is blocked.
“Organizing outdoor broadcasts of matches for this edition scheduled for the beginning of winter (with a time difference) and during the preparation for the end-of-year celebrations, has always seemed to us to be of very little interest to the public, and therefore inappropriate. Especially since the rental and installation of a large screen in public space represent energy cost and expenditure consequent that we had no intention of incurring in this period when we knew the necessary savings. Finally, let’s face it, the context in which this 2022 edition is organized does not encourage mobilization”, declares Jean-Luc Moudencthe mayor of Toulouse, this Wednesday, October 4, 2022.
Several members of the opposition, such as the deputy and municipal councilor (LFI), François Piquemal, believed that Toulouse had to “follow this movement of responsibility in the face of an artificial, deadly and ecocidal sporting event”. It is now chosen done.
The amateur world meets on November 25
Jean-Luc Moudenc takes advantage of this announcement to make an appointment with Toulouse around November 25, “where we plan to bring together the world of sport, amateur and professional, around a cause that is dear to us (…): the fight against violence against women in sport »says the mayor.
Who further specifies: “Until then, we will continue to proudly support our French football team”.
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