The Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, will be heard on Thursday at the National Assembly by the parliamentary commission of inquiry into the dysfunctions of sports federations, which is causing a stir in French sport. The hearing is scheduled for November 16 at 3:30 p.m., according to a press release from the Assembly, after that of one of its predecessors Marie-George Buffet.
This commission is working, among other things, on “sexual and sexist violence” and “homophobia” in sport. It aroused tension among certain French sports executives, including the new president of the Olympic committee (CNOSF) David Lappartient, who denounced “outrageous accusations” in a letter.
Between hesitations, vagueness, inaccuracies, or contradictions, the federation officials interviewed were often put in difficulty. After his statements, the president of the gymnastics federation, James Blateau, for example, was attacked the next day by Amélie Oudéa-Castéra to remind him of the disciplinary powers of his federation even though he had proclaimed his powerlessness to sanction an abusive coach.
MP Sabrina Sebaihi (EELV), rapporteur of the commission, also told AFP "to doubt the accuracy of several statements" from sports leaders during the hearings and does not rule out referral to the courts.
Mediapart had mentioned potential inaccuracies during the hearing of the president of the French Tennis Federation (FFT) Gilles Moretton, in particular on the remuneration of the former general director of the FFT Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, now a minister.
Contacted by AFP, the FFT said it was “at the disposal of the public authorities to provide them with any element they deem necessary and thus contribute to the smooth running of their mission”.
The environmentalists announced in June that they were launching this commission to focus on the “excesses of sports federations”, “sexist and sexual violence, homophobia, racism and corruption”. It must deliver its conclusions in December.