— Published 26 May 2023

Brigitte Henriques puts her mandate at stake

A new episode in the crisis that has shaken the French Olympic movement for months. L’Equipe reports that the president of the National Olympic Committee (CNOSF), Brigitte Henriques, has decided to put her mandate at stake during the general assembly of the body, scheduled for this Thursday, May 25 in Paris. She will ask for a vote of confidence on her person. The procedure is very unusual and is not provided for in the statutes of the committee, but it was unanimously approved by the CNOSF executive board, which met on Wednesday evening in an emergency. Brigitte Henriques said she was determined to draw the consequences of the result of the vote of the general assembly. Clearly, she would leave the presidency if the vote was unfavorable to her. In such a scenario, far from impossible in the current climate within the body, the presidential function would be assumed on a provisional basis by the secretary general of the CNOSF, the former fencer Astrid Guyart, pending new elections. One name is already circulating as a possible successor to Brigitte Henriques, in case of a vote of no confidence: David Lappartient, the president of the UCI, one of the four French members of the IOC. But the Breton leader has never applied for the position, claiming on several occasions that he has no intention of doing so. Above all, he already accumulates a great number of hats, difficult to reconcile with the function of president of the Olympic committee of a country host of the summer Games. Member of the IOC, where he is in particular at the head of a working group on the electronic sports, the president of the UCI also presides, since July 1st, 2021, the departmental council of Morbihan.