Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, hopeful tennis player and archer, to embody sport and the Olympic Games

Paris (AFP) – Five years after offering her services as Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra was appointed, a classmate of the President of the Republic in Ena and Director General of the French Tennis Federation ( FFT) since March 2021. to this position Friday and will also have to embody the Olympics two years before the planetary event.

This former junior tennis world champion prepared the sports program of Emmanuel Macron, taking stock of the last five years, in which two former athletes, the fencer Laura Flessel, and the swimmer Roxana Maracinenu held the position.

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But unlike the latter from the summer of 2020, it will not be under the supervision of National Education and will recover a full-fledged ministry, the Olympic and Paralympic Games as a bonus.

Although his name has been circulating for weeks, he told BFM Business on Monday “that he has a super cold head” and that he is “totally focused on Roland-Garros”, which starts on Sunday.

It must be said that he had already made an offer of services the day after Emmanuel Macron’s victory in 2017, trusting the newspaper L’Equipe that he was “ready for work”. “I told Emmanuel that he was there if he thought he could be useful,” said Enna Senghor, a member of the promotion where he rubbed shoulders with him after doing Sciences-Po and Dry.

After several years in the Court of Auditors, he branched out into the private sector, most notably with the insurer Axa, then Carrefour as director of e-commerce.

The sequel after the announcement

However, the sirens of the sport have called him back in recent years.

Thus, she had applied to be the general director of the organizing committee of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, headed by Etienne Thobois. At the initiative of a think tank “Renovem l’esport” created in 2016, it deals with ethical issues and “sport for all”. More recently, with the support of former Judge Thierry Rey, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the CNOSF, he had failed to enter the board of directors of the Olympic Committee.

– “A little + techno +” –

“AOC”, as it is sometimes called, the same acronym as the bubbling American Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, joined the Tennis Federation in March 2021, after being elected as head of the Gilles Moretton, who welcomed the appointment of his former CEO. “It’s a great joy to see her in that role now,” he said Friday night. “She has already resigned.”

The sequel after the announcement

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra made “the choice to leave the gold of the executive committees of the CAC 40 groups to listen to her passion, to listen to her entrails”, explains to Tennis Actu the one who kept the rackets after a match . in mixed doubles with Amélie Mauresmo in 1996.

“She marks a lot of squares,” said a former AFP elected official, who called her “brilliant and pleasant.” “800 days before the Olympics, it will be operational,” said a president of the federation, who was polled before his appointment. Besides, she’s a woman.

In the statement of his name that has been circulating for weeks, few detractors.

“Those who say she will not hold office because her husband is the general manager of Société Générale, say so because they do not want her to be a minister,” said the president of the federation. At the helm of Société Générale for 14 years, Frédéric Oudéa announced on Tuesday during the group’s general meeting that he would not be a candidate for his succession in 2023, at the end of his term.

The sequel after the announcement

The same praise from a sports executive: “She catches on quickly, is smart and knows how to surround herself.” “A little + techno +,” says another elected official, adding that “pay attention to what we can say.”

Following the axis taken during the first five years, he explained this Wednesday to the Circle of Economists that it is necessary to “inject more sport into the heart of the educational project of our nation”.

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Three-time French champion between 1990 and 1996, world champion in 1992, and after reaching the semifinals of three junior Grand Slams, she says she is inspired by the American tennis legend “Billie Jean King”. that “she did a lot for women’s sports.” “.

But with the Paris Olympics in two years’ time – also piloted by the interministerial delegation to the Olympics attached to Matignon – a dossier that has no political support for its predecessor, the 44-year-old will have a lot to do. no. for women’s sports only …

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