Norway’s new Minister of Culture: “Sports must be more open, promote equality, and be accessible to all”

Anette TrettebergstuenPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB
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Norway’s new Minister of Culture, Anette Trettebergstuen (AP), started the week by meeting Norwegian sports leaders. During the meeting, she pointed out that the sports sector should improve.

Monday’s meeting was Trettebergstuen’s first as a minister with sports president Berit Kjøll and other leaders in the Norwegian Sports Confederation.

“We have had a good meeting about the challenges that sports face and about what will be important in the future. I am very fond of the Norwegian sports movement, and I look forward to working with them,” she told NTB afterward.

Important issues

Trettebergstuen added that she raised issues that were important to her.

“Sport must become more open, promote equality, and be accessible to all. Finances should not be a barrier. In recent weeks, we also had some cases related to eating disorders, and I want sports to take that seriously.”

The Olympics in China were also on the meeting agenda. The host country regularly receives harsh criticism for its constant violations of human rights. 

Trettebergstuen did not want to escalate the debate about whether Norwegian sports should take a position on the issue before and during the Olympics.

“That is up to the sports sector, but I am glad that athletes advocate important principles such as good governance, freedom of expression, and democracy.”

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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