From 19 to 21 October, a dedicated evaluation committee coordinated by ACES Europe looked over Monaco’s candidacy for this ambitious title. The evaluation committee assessed Monaco’s sporting infrastructure, initiatives, and commitment to promoting sports at all levels within the community.

The Principality of Monaco is eyeing a new title to add to its portfolio: World Capital of Sport 2025. The evaluation committee tasked with assessing Monaco’s candidacy gathers from the 19th to the 21st of October in this Mediterranean enclave, and EPSI – the European Platform for Sports Innovation – is part of this significant assessment. Alberto Bichi, the Executive Director of EPSI, is currently in Monaco to work with the commission of ACES to evaluate Monaco’s bid for this award. ACES Europe is the organization responsible for bestowing the titles of World Capital, European Capital, Region, City, Island, Community, and Town of Sport. And Furthermore, they are an important member of the EPSI European network. 

The proposal

Monaco’s bid is founded on an innovative vision of what a city can offer the world of sports, a vision that EPSI promotes through its fundraising and lobbying activities. 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.

Sports sector for Monaco

Monaco’s proposal to the evaluation committee emphasizes its commitment to youth and sports, with the Ministry of Interior responsible for public policies and missions in this area. 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. The Learning to Swim and Water Safety programs provide theoretical and practical lessons, while the Sport & Education program organizes sports events. 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.

The final response

The World Capital of Sport 2025 award aims to remark countries’ and cities’ dedication to sports at all levels, from grassroots programs to prestigious international events. EPSI and the evaluation committee discussed these days Monaco’s approach to the sports world, and the final response will come in the next few months.