Amelie Odea Castera, former tennis player, former tennis player and hopeful, embodies sport and the Olympics

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Paris (AFP) – Five years after offering her services to be Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, fellow President of the Republic at Ena and Director General of the French Federation of Tennis (FFT) since March 2021, was appointed to the position on Friday. The Olympics will also have to materialize two years before the planetary event.

The former world junior tennis champion prepared the sports program for Emmanuel Macron, stripping the past five-year period, which saw the occupations of two former athletes, fencer Laura Flessel and swimmer Roxana Maracinino.

But unlike the latter since the summer of 2020, it will not be subject to the supervision of civic education and restore a full ministry, the Olympic and Paralympic Games as a reward.

While her name has been trading for weeks, she told BFM Business Monday to “have a great head” and “totally focus on Roland-Garros,” which begins Sunday.

It must be said that she already made an offer of services the day after Emmanuel Macron’s victory in 2017, assuring the daily L’Equipe that she was “ready for the job”. “I told Emmanuel I was there if he found I could be of use,” explained this member of Inna’s Senghor class as she rubbed shoulders with him, having studied Science-Po and the Dry.

After several years at the State Audit Bureau, she branched out into the private sector, notably with insurance company Axa, and then Carrefour as e-commerce manager.

However, the sporting siren has called it up again in recent years.

Thus, she applied for the position of Director-General of the Organizing Committee for the Paris 2024 Olympics, and was led by Etienne Topois in this position. On the initiative of the “Let’s Renew Sport” research center established in 2016, it is concerned with ethical issues and “Sports for All”. Recently, former judoka supported Thierry Rey, the failed candidate for the presidency of CNOSF, failed to enter the Olympic Committee board of directors.

“Little + Techno +”

“AOC” as it is sometimes called, the same acronym for US Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, joined the Tennis Association in March 2021, after being elected as president of Gilles Moretton, who welcomed the appointment of its former CEO. “It gives me great pleasure to see her in this role now,” he said Friday night. “She’s already quit her job.”

Amelie Odea Castera “made the choice to leave the CAC 40 Executive Committees gold medalists to listen to her passion and listen to her courage,” she told Tennis Actu for the person who put her rackets away after the match. In mixed doubles with Amélie Mauresmo in 1996.

A photo of Amelie Odea Castera, then director of the Tennis Association, posted on May 20, 2022 after she was appointed minister. Christophe Gibaud, French Tennis Federation – FFT / AFP

“It ticks a lot of boxes,” notes a former elected official at AFP, which she considers “fantastic and fun.” “Within 800 days of the Olympics, it will be ready for action,” judges a federation president, who has been cleared before his appointment. Moreover, she is a woman.

And in a statement his name has been circulating for weeks, few critics.

“Those who say that she will not take the position because her husband is the director general of the Société Générale, say that because + they do not want her to be a minister +,” the union president spoils this. At the head of Societe Generale for 14 years, Frédéric O’Dea announced on Tuesday during the group’s general meeting that he would not be a candidate to succeed him in 2023, at the end of his term.

The same praise was elicited from a sports executive: “She picks things up quickly, she’s smart, and she knows how to surround herself.” “A little + techno +,” another elected official highlights, adding that she “pays attention to what we can say.”

Following the pivot captured during the first five-year period, on Wednesday she made it clear to the Economists’ Circle that it was necessary to “pump more sport into the heart of our nation’s educational project.”

A three-time French champion between 1990 and 1996, world champion in 1992, and having reached the semi-finals of three junior major tournaments, she says she is inspired by American tennis legend Billie Jean King who “did so much for women’s sport”.

But, with the Paris Olympics in two years – led by the joint ministerial delegation to the Olympics attached to Matignon – a file that was not politically supported by her predecessor, this 44-year-old will have a lot more to do than just for women’s sports.

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