— Published 18 November 2020

Patrice Martin launches into the race

No surprise. As he suggested for several months, Patrice Martin is a candidate for the presidency of the French Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF). The former water skier (12 times world champion, 34 times European champion !) officially applies for the succession of Denis Masseglia, in post since 2009, but reached by the age limit (he will be 73 years old next week). The CNOSF presidential election is due to take place on June 29, 2021. Current CNOSF vice-president in charge of media, Patrice Martin spoke on Tuesday, November 17 during a video conference press briefing. He explains that he wishes to propose another path for the French sports movement, in a spirit and a willingness to “bring together” and “co-construction” with all the federations and all the members of the CNOSF. Its promise is in one phrase: “Together, let’s prepare for the future of French sport”. Patrice Martin explains that he has built his project around 5 ambitions : redrawing the place and role of each actor by favouring useful and effective collaboration, rather than cohabitation; continue the ongoing transformation of the institution’s functioning and governance; strengthen the representativeness of sport and the sports movement; perform at the highest level with European, world and Olympic medals and the progression of France’s rank internationally; and finally to increase accessibility to sport for all. Patrice Martin, 56, should not be left alone for very long in the race for the presidency of the CNOSF. Michel Vion, the president of the French Ski Federation (FFS), chef de mission at the Tokyo Games, should be the next candidate to declare himself.