Ten months before the Olympic and Paralympic Games (JOP) in Paris, is French sport going through a new zone of turbulence? After the crises in rugby, football and the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF), it is the commission of inquiry into dysfunctions within sports federations and governance bodies in the sporting world, created on 20 June at the initiative of MPs Sabrina Sebaihi (ecologist, Hauts-de-Seine) and Béatrice Bellamy (Horizons, Vendée), which is shaking up the ecosystem.
In a letter dated July 19 (which The world was able to consult), the president of the CNOSF, David Lappartient, said ” surprised “ of the approach taken by the commission, motivated, according to him, by a representation “caricatural” as to an alleged “opacity” of the sporting world. The boss of the CNOSF, who speaks of“outrageous accusations”further expresses doubts in his letter – sent in copy in particular to the presidents of French sports federations, to the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, and to the Minister of Sports and JOPs, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra –, on the calendar of the creation of this commission, a few months before the Games: “We are wondering about the objectives you are seeking, about the exact purposes of this mission. » “This is another hard blow that you are dealing to the French sporting model”, accuses the one who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee. In the letter, Mr. Lappartient says he is at the disposal of the commission – he will be interviewed at the beginning of October, like the presidents of federations, the minister of sports and other French sports officials.
“My commission is disturbing”is convinced Sabrina Sebaihi. “I know that the federations are very unhappy with our work. Mr. Lappartient’s letter is scandalous. He accuses us of giving bad press to the Olympics, but should victims of violence wait until the Olympics for things to change in sport? Is Mr. Lappartient the right person today to transform the sports movement? »questions the MP.
Asked about the existence of this letter, the boss of the CNOSF ensures that he has “expressed on behalf of the entire sports movement”. “My colleagues and I have no disagreement on the objective sought [par la commission], but we are all outraged at the way things are happening. We feel that the objective is to cast shame on the entire sports movement, and that is unacceptable., he gets carried away. The deputy has an image of the sports movement which is far removed from reality. Let her see us as allies to improve things and not the other way around. »
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