“The social climate has calmed down in the heart of the GIP”

Minister of Sports, Olympics and Paralympics Amelie Odea Castera returned to the various states that are rocking the rugby world, after passing through the Toulouse stadium on Friday to sign a charter on the environmental obligations of sporting event organizers. .

Amelie Odea Castera, Minister of Sports, Olympic and Paralympic Games, was on Friday on a visit to the Toulousin stadium. After lunch with President Didier Lacroix and a visit to the club’s facilities, I signed the 15 Environmentally Responsible Commitments Charter for Sporting Events Organizers with the President of Rouge et Noir. A charter that covers in particular moderation of lighting, minimizing air conditioning, minimizing heating in gyms or training young people in environmental gestures.

On the sidelines of this signing, the Minister returned to the news of rugby affairs, in particular the news of the former Director General of the Public Interest Group (GIP) France 2023 Claude Acher, now Targeted by an investigation for moral harassment. Could this strange climate that has been present for a long time in GIP jeopardize the organization of the next World Cup (September 8-October 28)?

The event is well prepared. thought Amélie Oudéa-Castéra. We’ve seen the success of the ticket office, we’ve seen that the partners and companies have been there, that World Rugby has been monitoring the quality of the organization and that the GIP teams, which are now under the leadership of Julien Colette, Claude Accher’s successorShe was progressing very well.”

“It’s very exciting from a sporting point of view because we have a team that is at its best, and it’s on this streak of 13 wins in 13 games, The minister continued. It is extraordinary to say to ourselves that we have a real chance of winning the World Cup at home. We all have in mind this opening match against the Blacks on September 8th at the Stade de France. Therefore, there is no anxiety, on the contrary, confidence and serenity. I think the social climate has cooled at the heart of this GIP. The teams I met recently are hardworking and experienced. »

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The minister will travel to MarcoussiThe minister also spoke of clubs being consulted from Monday on the subject of Bernard Laporte’s appointment – The president was given a suspended two-year prison sentence Charged with corruption (appealed) and since withdrawal – Patrick Poison as Managing Director of FFR. are they? against ? refrain?

“We have found ourselves in a very complex situation with the need to preserve both the ethics and best interests of rugby on the one hand, and also respect the presumption of innocence that Bernard Laporte deserves on the other, Oudéa-Castéra notes. We managed to find a way with this withdrawal of Bernard Laporte which was a must for French rugby. We told ourselves we needed precise instructions to be used to ensure the efficacy of this withdrawal, and I called for a democratic time for the Vice President to benefit from some form of club dubbing.

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Therefore, these consultations will open next Monday and will run from January 23 to 26. And I will be able to debrief with the entire FFR Steering Committee on the morning of January 27th as I will go to Marcoussi to be on their side to analyze these consultations. I want to be surrounded by all the greatest guarantees of fair play, consistent with sporting values. It will be held under the auspices and oversight of the Ethics Committee of the FFR. »

What if she wins “no”? Should new elections be held? This question belongs to the Steering Committee, which will meet on January 27 to answer it. Minister says. Its members will assume their responsibilities. What we must all bear in mind is that this consultation is not an administrative formality, but rather a true democratic time that is binding on all clubs to whom we will be consulted. It will therefore be important to draw conclusions that are themselves binding. I have no doubt that the steering committee will do so responsibly on January 27, when it will be up to them to analyze the rate of participation, the response given and the manner which will be consulted. »

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