— Published 2 September 2022

Divorce in sight at the CNOSF

Bad timing. With less than two years to go before the Paris 2024 Games, the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF) is going through a rough patch. According to AFP, the body is shaken by a conflict between the president, Brigitte Henriques, and the secretary general, Didier Seminet (photo above). According to several sources, the CNOSF’s board of directors will have to decide in ten days’ time on Didier Seminet’s future as secretary general. The two leaders had teamed up in June 2020 during the election for the presidency of the CNOSF, where Brigitte Henriques was competing with three other candidates. But since then, their relationship has deteriorated. On Thursday 1 September, the president of the French Judo Federation, Stéphane Nomis, questioned Brigitte Henriques about the reasons for convening an extraordinary board meeting on 12 September. The CNOSF president replied that Didier Seminet’s departure from the post of secretary general would be put to the vote. According to a federation president, quoted anonymously by AFP, Brigitte Henriques explained that the “trio (president, director general and secretary general, editor’s note) was not working”. Never in the history of the French body has a secretary general been fired by a president. At the CNOSF, Didier Seminet is assisted in his role as secretary general by the former fencer Astrid Guyart, who was appointed deputy secretary general after the election of Brigitte Henriques. Honorary President of the French Baseball Federation, Didier Seminet was a candidate last July for the presidency of the international baseball and softball body (WBSC). He was defeated by the outgoing president, the Italian Riccardo Fraccari.