The candidates jostle at the gate. In June, the National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF) will choose the 9th president in its history, since the very first, Pierre de Coubertin in 1894. To succeed Denis Masseglia, 73, at the head of the Olympic movement since 2009, three candidates have already declared themselves, in the person of Brigitte Henriques, 49 years old, from football, Patrice Martin, 56 years old, coming from water skiing, and Emmanuelle Bonnet-Ouladj, 42 years old, the current president of the sports and gymnastics federation work.
According to our information, a fourth candidate should soon declare himself: the former Olympic champion Thierry Rey, 61 years old. In recent hours, the former judoka has contacted several presidents of federations to announce his intention.
Recently, the one who had started judo in Lagny-sur-Marne (Seine-et-Marne), had been present on the list of Jean-Luc Rougé, the outgoing former president of the French judo federation. A list that had been beaten on November 22 by that led by Stéphane Nomis.
Other suitors before the end of April?
This would explain why Thierry Rey’s home federation, namely judo, did not support his candidacy as is the obligation. If Thierry Rey had the opportunity to run for the post of boss of the Olympic movement, it is thanks to the support of another federation, which could be that of karate.
At the CNOSF, the renunciation of Michel Vion, 61, the president of the French Ski Federation, who was the natural successor of Masseglia, reached by the age limit, opened the doors to this fierce struggle.
To the three official candidacies pending that of Rey, a fifth candidate is also expected. This is Nicolas Hénard, the current sailing boss, who could also embark on the adventure. Other surprises cannot be ruled out by the end of April, the deadline for submitting applications.
The position of boss of the Olympic movement is all the more coveted as the Olympic Games in Paris loom in three years now. Games for which a certain Thierry Rey is currently special advisor to the organizing committee …
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