the French federation turns the Péchalat page and returns to the Gailhaguet years

the French federation turns the Péchalat page and returns to the Gailhaguet years

8:28 a.m., Jun 26, 2022, amended to 8:36 a.m., Jun 26, 2022

President for two years of the French Ice Sports Federation, Nathalie Péchalat was beaten on Saturday by the novice candidate, Gwenaëlle Noury. And behind the scenes by his predecessor, Didier Gailhaguet.

When she was barely out of the tumult, the French Federation of Ice Sports (FFSG) is talking about her again. The election to the presidency devoted a personality unknown to the corridors, Gwenaëlle Noury, president of the small club of Lorient, victorious with 52.3% of the votes (from club presidents). But in hollow is drawn above all the return to the heart of the reactor of Didier Gailhaguet, president almost continuously from 1998 to 2020, who cleared the ground to support the novice candidate against the outgoing Nathalie Péchalat.

Read also – Skating: how the ex-president of the federation, Didier Gailhaguet, came back behind the scenes

For Péchalat, it is the “interstellar shame”

Forced to resign following revelations about sexual violence in skating, about which he was accused of having turned a blind eye, and in particular those of Sarah Abitbol (whom we could not reach on Saturday), Gailhaguet recorded a symbolic victory there. Even though the reform of the statutes, with a maximum of three terms, now places him in an ineligible situation. “He was consulted, I do not hide it, I want to surround myself with competent people who know this federal machine”, concedes Gwenaëlle Noury. While tempering: “Didier Gailhaguet is a consultant like the others. » With regard to the post of secretary general, she has already chosen Patrice Martin, who will combine it with his position as president of the Water Skiing Federation.

The public signal for this election is not very good, but we must let Gwenaëlle Noury ​​prove that she is not Gailhaguet’s puppet

For Nathalie Péchalat, who highlighted her fight to restore the image of the Federation during a truncated mandate and placed under the sign of Covid-19, the verdict is obviously hard to swallow. She sees it “an interstellar disgrace for ice sports”, “a humiliation” and the return “to another system of values”. But the voters also evoke a distant presidency and the former skaters a lack of openness to their experience.

“Despite his substantive work, the clubs felt neglected and it is regrettable”observes Philippe Candeloro, who was approached by the new president and “his campaign manager”so Gailhaguet. “They opened the door to me for possible collaborations, continues the double Olympic medalist, who now devotes himself to ice shows. The public signal for this election is not very good, but we must let Gwenaëlle Noury ​​prove that she is not the puppet of Gailhaguet, an outstanding manager who has done human damage. »

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