Wouldn’t it be fitting if the Principality which has just hosted the greatest moments of sport through the Sportel awards follows up by being crowned the greatest City for Sports in the World.
Does Monaco have the credentials? It’s a proposition that’s difficult to argue against when the Principality reigns in both the motor racing and yachting worlds, and sees world athletic records fall perennially. It has one of the greatest tennis centres in the world where champions like Djokovic, Tsitsipas and Nadal play their heart out and Basketball, soccer and Rugby make the headlines every month.
So Monaco, the glamorous Mediterranean enclave, has set its sights on securing the prestigious title of World Capital of Sport in 2025. This heady endeavour was officially launched by Patrice Cellario, the Government Counselor-Minister of the Interior, during a press conference hosted at the Hotel Hermitage.
The Principality’s determination to vie for the coveted “Monaco, World Capital of Sport” designation is a resounding testament to its unwavering faith in the enduring, positive impact of fundamental sporting values. The Prince himself underlined this commitment in the introduction of the application dossier, where he underscored Monaco’s exceptional ability to project its international sporting prowess with elegance and precision. In submitting its candidacy with great pride, Monaco aspires to establish itself as the global exemplar of ethical, sustainable, inclusive, and dedicated sports.
World Capital of Sport
The official announcement of Monaco’s candidacy for the World Capital of Sport in 2025 followed a meticulous evaluation by a committee comprised of members from ACES Europe, an organization representing the federation of European capitals and cities of sport. ACES Europe has earned recognition from the European Commission and carries the official endorsement of UNESCO, enhancing the gravity of their visit.
Over four enlightening days, nine members of the ACES committee immersed themselves in Monaco’s sports policies, explored the principality’s premier sports facilities and institutions, and engaged with representatives from both amateur and professional sports sectors. This immersive experience illuminated the rich and diverse landscape of sports within the local community. As a special privilege, these esteemed visitors attended a thrilling Turkish Airlines Euroleague match between AS Monaco Basket and Alba Berlin at the Gaston-Médecin arena.
Patrice Cellario emphasized that Monaco’s approach aligns with the government’s overarching vision for sports. This vision encompasses the integral role of sports in education, fostering mass participation in sports, and the advancement of competitive sports. Such commitment to the cause has garnered the highest level of endorsement from none other than the Sovereign himself. The prospective acquisition of the revered label will carry profound significance, especially in 2025, which marks the 20th anniversary of Prince Albert II’s reign.
The Principality promotes itself as a country dedicated to all facets of sports, from prestigious international competitions to nurturing a culture of sports for all, both as a hobby and within its educational system. The leadership of Prince Albert II not only maintains high-quality sporting facilities but also supports sports associations and events, contributing to Monaco’s presence at major sporting events like the Olympic Games, the Mediterranean Games, and the Francophone Games.
The country has integrated sports education into its schools, employing qualified Physical Education and Sports teachers and encouraging intensive sports practice. The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation promotes children’s wellbeing through sports, teaching water safety and living harmoniously. Monaco is committed to sustainable development, focusing on efficient water and energy consumption, waste management, and overall comfort, quality of life, and health. It was one of the first European countries to join the Special Olympics movement, promoting training and sports competitions for children and adults with mental disabilities. Inclusion projects exist in various disciplinary fields, fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment.
With bated breath, Monaco now awaits the verdict, which could elevate it to a prestigious status as the global beacon for the world of sports, a testament to the principality’s unwavering commitment to the values of sportsmanship and excellence.