04 MAR 2019

7 Sorbonne University students look to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

In the last thirty years, 1,500 high-level sports students have come to Sorbonne University to achieve their dual project: sports and graduate studies. They receive support to accommodate these demanding goals, including a longer, less dense curriculum, adjusted schedules and tutoring, so they can reconcile their daily constraints. In 2018, the Lamour report identified this Sorbonne University sports-and-study program as the "example to be followed" at the national level.

At each of the Olympic Games, Sorbonne University students represent their country. Twice they have won a gold medal. Currently, Sorbonne University has forty high-level sports students, from bachelor's to the doctorate. Four of them competed at the Rio Games in 2016 and seven are in the running to be selected for the Tokyo Games in 2020.

But high performance sport is becoming more demanding. The preparation for the Games requires additional resources. Internships, participation in certain competitions, health and physical preparation—which are key elements of success—generate high costs for the athlete..

Contribute to their Olympic success by participating in the financing of our scholarships

Get involved with our top athletes. With your donation, every student enrolled in an Olympic project will benefit from a scholarship of 3000€ per year and will increase their chances of representing France in Tokyo in 2020.

If the Passport to the Olympics is successful, the Sorbonne University Foundation will extend this support to students preparing for the Paris Olympics in 2024.

MAKE A DONATION FOR "PASSPORT FOR THE JO" by clicking on the blue box “Faire un don” (content in French)

For information on European or international donations, please contact Jeanne-Marie De Lépine

Hear about their Olympic dreams

Aurel Manga
Aurel Manga © Laurent Ardhuin

Aurel Manga, a Sorbonne University student, bronze medalist in the 60m hurdles at the World Championships in March 2018, and eligible for the Passport for the Olympics.

"Yes I aspire to represent France at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. But you have to be much more visible to be chosen. You have to participate in more training sessions, more competitions and all that comes at a cost. This is why a financing mechanism complementary to student financial aid would be very useful for us."

Benjamin Auffret
Benjamin Auffret © Laurent Ardhuin

Benjamin Auffret, a student at Sorbonne University, diving gold medalist at the European Championships in 2017, 4th at the Rio Olympics in 2016, and eligible for the Passport for the Olympics.

"To live the Olympic dream while preparing for your professional future is possible. I was very proud to have been selected for the Rio Olympics, and even prouder to be in the Olympic final in front of my family. You must never give up. A few months after the Olympic Games, I completed my second year of my bachelor’s. I am now in my third year and I’m looking towards 2020. I want my revenge, which would be my medal in 2020 and by then my Master’s degree as well."

Charlotte et Laure Tremble
Charlotte et Laure Tremble © Laurent Ardhuin

Charlotte and Laure Tremble, students at Sorbonne University, members of the French synchronized swimming team, and eligible for the Passport for the Olympics. 

"Sorbonne University allows us to reconcile our studies with our sport by allowing us to modify our years of study according to our training demands. Especially in these pre-Olympic years! We would be proud to receive this scholarship as well as recognition of our sports and studies."