Their disenchantment was no longer a secret, the divorce is now over. On Monday 12 September Brigitte Henriques, president of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF), obtained the dismissal of her general secretary, Didier Séminet, during an extraordinary session of the board of directors (CA).
“The forty-five members present voted, by required majority and by secret ballot, for the revocation of the mandate of the Secretary General of the CNOSF”declares the request in a press release.
The earthquake at the top of the institution at the top of the French sports movement refers to a very bad image, less than two years after the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris 2024 (from 26 July to 11 August 2024). It is the first time in the history of the CNOSF that the general secretary has been dismissed by the president of the institution. This makes a council member fearful “A deeper institutional and political crisis”. “Will it not result in a division of the federations within the institution? “adds World.
Relations had been pretty electric for several months between Brigitte Henriques, elected head of the CNOSF in June 2021, and Didier Séminet, whom the former vice president of the FFF had appointed shortly after her election. However, it was only at the end of August, when the sporting movement resumed, that tensions caused the CNOSF leadership to stumble.
“A conflict of projects”
Brigitte Henriques explained that the divorce with Didier Séminet was “necessary”, “the result of a long and difficult reflection”. “There is a schism, the two no longer get along. There is an irreconcilable difference in the way of doing things “summarized a source close to the CNOSF management to Agence France-Presse before the meeting on Monday.
On Monday, September 12, the CNOSF boss did not provide more details on his separation from his right arm. “Brigitte Henriques evoked a conflict of projects, rather than a conflict of people”specifies the Director interviewed by The world :
“He also explained, without going into detail, that Didier Séminet was not taking on the missions that he had to take on. To defend himself, he replied that he did not have the means to do so. “
With Didier Séminet as general secretary, Brigitte Henriques felt she could not fulfill her timetable until the Paris Games, according to this source.
“She needed a vote of confidence to give herself the means to succeed in the project for which she was elected. “
For Stéphane Nomis, the psychodrama at the helm of the CNOSF will leave its mark. “It is a huge political and human wastejudges the president of the French Judo Federation – he is not a member of the AC. Too bad that French sport is divided two years before the Games. “
The replacement for the former president of the French baseball federation is expected to be known to a future CA, whose date has not yet been determined, adds the CNOSF press release, which also specifies that Didier Séminet remains a member of the CA.
The names of Astrid Guyart, former silver medalist in Tokyo in 2021 and current deputy secretary general of the CNSOF, and Marie-Françoise Potereau, vice president of the CNOSF, appear more often in the corridors of the sports house. in 13And district of Paris.