Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, the current director general of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), was appointed Minister of Sports on Friday.
Five years after offering her services to become Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, classmate of the President of the Republic at Ena, and current director general of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), was appointed Friday in this position and will do the same. they must 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.
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 he was there if he thought he could be useful,” said Enna Senghor, a member of the class where he rubbed shoulders with him after doing Po-Science and Drought.
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.
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.
Three-time French tennis champion between 1990 and 1996
“AOC”, as she is sometimes called, the same acronym as the bubbling U.S. Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, joined the tennis federation in March 2021, following her election as head of the Gilles Moretton. He made “the decision to leave the gold of the executive commissions of the groups of the CAC 40 to listen to his passion, to listen to his entrails”, explains to the tennis news who kept the rackets after a game lost in doubles mixed 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 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”.
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 Olympic Games 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.