The day after the publication of a long press release intended for practitioners, Pascal Grizot received strong support when Amélie Oudéa-Castera spoke at the dinner of the World Amateur Championships in the presence of Prince Albert of Monaco, several representatives of the decision-making bodies and numerous presidents of federations.
After a speech in which he discussed the challenges of the climate crisis for the future of golf, Pascal Grizot again explained how in recent weeks it had to speak out against “unjust attacks” and break down prejudice to vigorously defend golf in the media and on the networks.
The president of the Federation, who has made ecological transition a pillar of his term of office, recalled that the policies aimed at promoting more virtuous practices at the Federation are not new. Determined to step up efforts in this area, Grizot called on the public authorities to change the legal framework, particularly with regard to water management and the use of wastewater.
Create and not just ban in order to better regulate this balance between generous preservation of the environment and the need to keep the practice alive
A distinguished guest alongside Prince Albert, the new Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castera in turn took the floor to underline how much at the highest level of the state, we had been sensitive to the arguments of the president of the ffgolf, very active in protecting his sector.
“To deal with this climate change, we must show ingenuity. There is the challenge of recycling wastewater and rainwater. Create and not just ban in order to better regulate this balance between generous preservation of the environment and the need to keep the practice alive. Today 70 golf courses are deprived of water, 15 golf courses have had to close, 5 courses have been vandalized but golf is a creation of value in France of 1.5 billion euros and which supports 15,000 people. . Numbers that marked me began the Minister, a former professional tennis player.
“There are a lot of similarities with tennis. Like Tennis, Golf is perceived as an elitist discipline and this induces an obligation to do more.
Sport as medicine
Facing an audience of representatives of amateur golf Oudéa-Castéra then wished to pay tribute to the virtues of the sport. For the Minister, our modern societies need sport more than ever as a space for conviviality, but also for recharging one’s batteries.
“Sport can be a solution for our youth, for our health, to fight against a sedentary lifestyle. I am also thinking of integration through sport. To exert a more positive influence on our youth in need of benchmarks, caught in the screens with the need to find a framework that sport can bring.