Camille Lacourt is a free man. And he especially does not want to be locked in a box. Used to occupy the media scene whether for a good cause (his action for Haiti in particular in 2018) or for the show (his participation in Dance with the stars in 2017), the former 35-year-old champion has decided to stand launch a new challenge. This Saturday (9 am), he presents himself as the 44 other candidates for the election of the steering committee of the Ile-de-France swimming league. “I always told myself that I would never be in politics. But if I do it now, it’s for Lazreg Benelhadj. It was he who made me want to get involved with his generosity and freshness. The five-time world champion is standing alongside his club president in Vanves, who is one of the two candidates for the presidency of the Ile-de-France League against the current boss, Jean-Jacques Beurrier.
Dust off a “dinosaur environment”
“I arrived in Vanves in 2017 and we have become closer,” explains Camille Lacourt. When Lazreg asked me to support his candidacy, I couldn’t refuse. He is someone who wants to make things happen. “As a top athlete, Camille Lacourt wants to bring his experience. “I was pretty blasé because of the political sphere. I often say that the instances look like a dinosaur milieu. I realized that you never listen to the right people. The authorities are above all that. With Lazreg’s energy, if I’m going, it’s to invest myself with the will to take it all head-on and dust it all off. “
Among the other supporters of Lazreg Benelhadj, we can count on Grégory Mallet, the double silver medalist at the Beijing and London Olympics, also licensed at Vanves. And if he is not a candidate, David Douillet, the three-time Olympic judo champion and former sports minister (2011-2012), also rolls for Benelhadj (46). “In such a complicated period, the Ile-de-France League must be present to help the clubs,” Benelhadj assures us. For example, we are going to create an endowment fund to help them, already not to disappear and then to finance projects. “
In the opposing camp, Jean-Jacques Beurrier (65) is seeking a fourth term. Elected for 12 years, the former president of the departmental committee of Seine-et-Marne says he is proud of his record. “I had announced that it was my last mandate, but the designation of Paris to host the 2024 Olympics turned everything upside down,” Beurrier specifies. If I continue, it is to consolidate our League which has 83,000 licensees, or nearly a quarter of licensees throughout France (370,000). With Paris 2024, our League must also seize this opportunity to develop even more. Finally, it is important to fight against sexual assault in sport. The fact that the League has partnered with Colossus with feet of clay, goes in this direction. “
Health crisis requires, the election of this Saturday (9 am) will take place by videoconference. According to a single-member ballot, the presidents of 307 Ile-de-France clubs will elect the 32 members (out of the 45 candidates). Regional governance will thus consist of a doctor with equal representation of 40% men and 40% women. After choosing their new president, the elected representative must then receive the approval of the club presidents to be officially inducted.
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