France sets out Olympic medal targets
Paris, 3 May 2012
The London Olympic Games
The Minister of Sport made a statement on the London Olympic Games and the high-level sport strategy for the Olympiad.
The summer Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place in London from 27 July to 12 August 2012 and from 29 August to 9 September 2012 respectively. 10,500 athletes representing some 205 nations will participate in the Olympic Games and 4,200 athletes representing some 150 nations will take part in the Paralympic Games.
The French Olympic team should comprise some 340 sportsmen and women, and the French Paralympic team some 175 sportsmen and women, and guides.
The government has played an active role in preparing for the games. The elite athletes’ training and preparation programme was overhauled at the start of the current Olympiad to make it more personally tailored to their needs. A financial investment was made in revamping facilities at the establishments involved in preparing high-level sportsmen and women, particularly the Institut National du Sport, de l’Expertise et de la Performance. The human resources allocated by the government have been maintained.
The Minister of Sport announced a target of 41 medals, 14 of them gold, at the London Olympic Games and a target of 52 medals, 16 of them gold, at the London Paralympic Games./.