Coup de théâtre this Thursday during the general assembly of the French Olympic Committee (CNOSF): its president Brigitte Henriques, elected in June 2021, has just resigned from her post. This twist necessarily challenges, fourteen months before the Olympic Games in Paris. This puts an end to an internal crisis that has lasted for more than a year and a half, as announced this Thursday the CNOSF. The conflicts and internal rivalries got the better of the former vice-president of the French Football Federation (FFF), in open war for months with her predecessor Denis Masseglia.

The secretary general of the body Astrid Guyart will ensure the interim until the election of a new president "in the next three months," said the statement of the CNOSF. "The situation was no longer tenable, she made the right choice," responded a federation president present at the time of the announcement of this resignation, at a highly anticipated general assembly.

Henriques' former right-hand man ousted in September

For more than a year and a half, the CNOSF has been going through an unprecedented crisis, between threats of complaints, low blows and revelations of email exchanges in the press... This climate has become even heavier in recent days with the announcement by Denis Masseglia of an upcoming filing of a complaint to the National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF) for breach of trust against the mandate of Brigitte Henriques.

The ouster in September 2022 of Henriques' former right-hand man, Didier Seminet, triggered a deep crisis from which the institution has never recovered. The proximity to the Olympic Games in Paris, in fourteen months, and this crisis that did not end, worried many players in French sport. "This resignation is a way to settle the crisis, and it's quite noble," said another federation president.

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