Forty-five years ago, Nevers hosted the French Athletics Championships in La Baratte.A glorious past, a shabby present

It’s not ruin. “But most,” sighed Sylvet Chrétien. At the age of 75, the coach of AS Guérigny-Urzy regained his memory of the past, leaving himself to the vastness of the stands at the La Baratte stadium. Forty-five years ago, from July 22nd to 24th, 1977, the French Athletics Championships were held in a concrete setting. One year after its inauguration, 22 years after the last athletics meeting on the lawn of the Prefluli facility.

“This is a beautiful stadium for athletics purposes,” said La Baratte, when Olympic champion Guy Drut noticed in 15,000 spectators during the three-day competition at the 110m hurdles in Montreal last year. I expected it.

Big league for small towns

Later, ASF-Uson-approved Sylvet Chrétien joined these elite French organizations that had long been reserved for the Paris region. “It’s the first time a city as big as The Nevers (45,000 inhabitants at the time) has organized France,” said Sylvet Chrétien. Since then, in 2004, only Sotteville-les-Rouen, a town smaller than the Duke’s city, hosted a large rally (30,000 inhabitants at the time).

“Obviously, these national championships were a huge success for Nevers,” due to the presence of great athletes from the United States such as Mac Wilkins (1976 Olympic Champion, Discus World Record Holder) and Katie. Was also triggered. Schmidt (Montreal bronze medalist discus thrower).

Built by the instigation of Nevers Mayor Daniel Binoist and Michel Lebrun, director of the Maison de Sports de Nevers, La Baratte Stadium was built between France and Hungary in 1979, triggered by France. We held an international athletics match.

“In the early 1980s, Dijon’s facilities weren’t good. At that time we were a little advanced. Today we are light years behind.”

Silvet Chrétien (Asgu coach licensed at ASF-Uson in 1977)

“We also had the opportunity to host many regional championships,” recalls Sylvet Chrétien. “In the early 1980s, Dijon’s facilities weren’t good. At that time we were a little ahead. Today we are light years behind,” laments Sylvet Chrétien.

“Since 1977, the ground markings have been redone. I remember being an athlete. The rest of the track reaches the lower layers of the lower layers.” Ironically, this ex-physical education・ Sports professor.

“I had to clean up because I knew there was football on the weekend on Monday morning. The repeated passages of crampons, whether soccer players or USON rugby players, have been on the premises for three years. Occupied inside, but didn’t help keep the track, “Sylvette Chrétien emphasizes.

8 corridors, at least it

“And it’s complicated to put together a sport. I’ve seen athletes put the ball in their heads while jumping hurdles,” said the stadium, who has never liked it at its best. The person adds.

“The public is too far from the athlete because the stands are located in the changing room, so it’s too expensive because the useless bitumen ring surrounds the track and keeps the spectators away … this stadium is overlooked. It was »»

From this concrete setting, there is still something that makes it special in Nable. “The eight-lane track. That’s the only positive thing that remains in this place. It’s a national stadium, but it’s completely downgraded,” Sylvet Chrétien regrets.

“When I meet a former athlete, I advise him to go back to Nevers to see the stadium. I warn him in advance not to faint,” said one despaired person, who was young for the second time. Watch the stadium regain and close your mouth. “I don’t believe in repairs anymore. What a waste to see this stadium in this state.» »

Photo taken from the Journal du Center in connection with the 5,000-meter event of the French Championships in Nevers, July 22-24, 1977.

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