"Count on me to give everything", promises Amélie Oudéa-Castéra during her transfer with Roxana Maracineanu

“Count on me to give everything”, promises Amélie Oudéa-Castéra during her transfer with Roxana Maracineanu

This is the handover done. Roxana Maracineanu, now former Minister Delegate for Sports, received her successor Amélie Oudéa-Castéra at the end of the afternoon, Friday May 20, to pass the baton to her. Major change: the newly appointed will lead a Ministry of Sports, Olympic and Paralympic Games. On the programs of the two speeches, an assessment for the former swimmer, and an action plan in three axes unveiled for the one who was previously general manager of the French Tennis Federation.

Sport as a pillar of youth

If emotion took hold of Roxana Maracineanu at certain times, there is one element that should be remembered from this transfer: the proximity of the two women’s visions of things. “We have opened up new perspectives by getting closer to National Education: sport gets closer to children, sport to reconnect with nature, sport to live together, to know the values ​​of our Republic”drew up Roxana Maracineanu, who was then supported by Amélie Oudéa-Castéra. “Sport will be placed at the heart of our society”she began.

“We must make sport a pillar for our youth: to preserve them from precariousness and screens with the generalization of the activity of 30 minutes daily from primary school, the two hours of sports more per week in college and the rapprochement always more concrete between education and club with the generation 2024 label.”

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Minister of Sports

during the handover ceremony with Roxana Maracineanu

The introduction of a new sports model

The former director general of the FFT also revealed her ambition to “collective mobilization” around sports. She specifies: “We must create a responsible, ethical and honest model. A model that will also be economically efficient, based on good resources and with the hosting of major events to highlight our French know-how.”

This obviously goes through what now appears in the title of the department: the Olympic and Paralympic Games. “They have chosen a single ministry for sport, which shows a real ambition for the Olympic Games”, rejoiced Oudéa-Castéra. But to temper: “They will not be a great popular celebration without the success of our athletes.”

Sport as a driver of social inclusion

The last axis that the new minister mentioned is that of “to ensure that sport is a driver of social inclusion. Sport is a dream and deserves to be better recognized. I want young people to find in sport a path to professional integration, for the economic world to reach out with work and training.” Thus, it therefore passes for the Minister of Sports by “a support for athletes. We will bring it in all its dimensions, including in the aftermath with the reconversion.

To end after several minutes of speech, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra concluded with: “Count on me, I’ll give it my all!”. As a response to “Good luck Amélie, you won’t be bored in this Ministry”that had sketched, amused, his predecessor.

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