Arnaud Assoumani is a high-level athlete specialized in long jump and triple jump. He has won 5 Paralympic medals, including a gold medal in long jump in Beijing (China), and has a large international record.
TODAY, HE IS AWARE OF THE ROLE OF ATHLETES IN SETTING AN EXAMPLE, AND WISHES TO SHARE HIS VISION OF A SPORT THAT, LIKE SOCIETY AS A WHOLE, MUST REINVENT ITSELF IN THE FACE OF THE CHALLENGE OF ECOLOGICAL TRANSITION. HE IS A MEMBER OF THE SECOND ALUMNI OF THE PARIS 2024 AND AFD INCUBATOR.
Arnaud, you are a multi-medalist athlete, the bearer of several social impact projects, and an ambassador for the Paris 2024 Games. What is the link between all these activities?
Beyond the childhood dream I had for a few years, I needed to give meaning to my career and to feel useful to society. 100 years since France hosted the Summer Olympic Games and the first time France will host the Paralympic Games, it is a unique opportunity to strive for inclusion, accessibility, equality, climate and ecology…
I am convinced that each of us has a role to play for our future on this planet. We have to act as individuals, but also take advantage of our small or big notoriety as athletes during the Games to have a positive impact on young people and companies.
What is the role of sport in the ecological transition?
Sport is a central pillar in society that is not used and valued enough, whether it be sport for health and well-being, to promote social ties, for the planet and nature…
As an athlete, there are two ways to get involved. One way is by making progress yourself. For example: I travel almost exclusively by bicycle and public transport for my daily commute, I choose training sites that are accessible by train and avoid flying as much as possible, I eat locally and almost no meat and fish, I buy second-hand clothes. Every step taken by an individual is progress to reduce our footprint.
We need to take advantage of our fame to raise our voices, to get involved with associations, to use sport as a lever for awareness, and education. It is also an important aspect when choosing my sponsors who need to represent my commitments.
The ecological and social commitments made by sportsmen and women are not yet sufficiently highlighted. It is up to the athletes to continue and accentuate their actions and to the media, brands and events like Paris 2024 to share, support and accompany these committed athletes, whose voice is heard by millions of people.