Emmanuelle Bonnet Oulaldj from CSIT member FSGT France has officially submitted her candidacy for President of the French National Olympic Committee CNOSF. The elections will take place on 29 June. CSIT wishes Emmanuelle Bonnet Oulaldj every success: "After a long reflection, nourished by exchanges with each other and by my experience of almost 20 years within the federated sports movement, a reflection also shaped by this unprecedented health, social and economic context, I have the honour and the pleasure to present my candidacy for the presidency of the CNOSF."
The reasons for her candidacy are numerous and varied
“The candidacy I am proposing to you today is based on a vision for the future of the CNOSF that is both responsible and ambitious. I am aware of the scale of the challenges that we will all have to face tomorrow: the revival and recovery of our activities, resistance and social innovation in the face of the increasing scarcity of resources allocated to public sports policy and the offensives of the non-associational sector, multiplied by the consequences of the crisis. To overcome this, I am convinced that we need to be more united than ever, while respecting the diversity of our histories and sensitivities. This diversity is a strength that we must cultivate and put at the service of a common project to share and build together. I propose that it be structured around three main axes: Resilience, Solidarity and High Standards.”
Resilience to guarantee the right to sport for future generations
“Since March 2020, association sport has been put to the test: successive suspensions, then closures, cessation of activities and a drop in the number of licensees. The inventory carried out by the CNOSF has confirmed the great economic vulnerability of many associations. This situation is worsening month by month and could be further aggravated by the economic crisis and its impact on families' purchasing power. However, our associations, clubs, volunteers and staff have shown exceptional adaptation and initiative for almost a year: Maintaining links with licensees, carrying out solidarity actions, organising physical and sports activities at a distance or in semi-groups, implementing the most demanding health protocols, etc.”
Our clubs are always on hand and ready to resume their usual activities as soon as possible.
“This adaptability is testimony to the indispensable role of club and sports life for our society. It must be a strength to contribute to our collective resilience. It must be based on all federal experiences and respond to the deep-seated needs of the population. The situation calls us to focus on the essentials and promote a model of society that puts people and the best way of living together at the centre of all projects. In this post-Covidian society that we have to imagine today, it is essential that the role of physical and sporting activities, community life and volunteering is finally recognised as indispensable. Faced with a health, social, economic and environmental emergency, we, the associative sport movement, must come together and take up an immense challenge to guarantee the right to sport for all future generations in all territories.”
Solidarity for the recognition of federations in their diversity
“If there is such diversity in the sports movement in France, it is because it responds to the different needs of territories, clubs, licensees and the population. This complementarity, which also follows the evolution of society, must be reflected at CNOSF level through the mutual recognition and respect of federations, through the strengthening of this unity in diversity and adversity. This solidarity is not a burden, it is an opportunity and a strength. Maintaining it is essential for our common project, for its democratic functioning and, above all, for a real anchoring in its environment. This was the purpose of the creation of the CNOSF in 1972, for which the FSGT, of which I have the honour of co-chairing, has been a strong advocate. To leverage this diversity, the CNOSF must transform itself by overcoming the current compartmentalisation with Olympic and non-Olympic federations on one side and non-Olympic federations on the other. A sports team can take advantage of this diversity.”