By Augustin Delaporte
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Appointed Minister of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games on May 20, 2022, Amelie Oudea-Castera was visiting Grigny (Essonne) on the morning of Thursday, June 23, 2022on the occasion of Olympic Day.
Big smile and casual style
It is ten o’clock in the morning, Thursday June 23, 2022, when two black cars appear in the driveway of the Jean Miaud stadium in Grignyat 12 rue Condorcet precisely, under a burning sun.
Arriving at the corner of the blue athletics track, the two vehicles park, then the sports minister comes out of the one behind.
Red leather jacket, shoulder bag and colorful sneakers: the former director general of the French Tennis Federation cheek relaxesthree weeks after his hearing in the Senate following the Champions League final fiasco.
Grigny, the good student rewarded
In the small agglutinated group that awaits him, we find in particular the mayor of Grigny Philippe Riobut also Antoine Léaument (Nupes), the new deputy for the 10th district of Essonne, or even the fencer Aliya Luty.
Everyone then takes a lap of the track, discussing with school teachers, students and sports supervisors from 18 activities (including 3 disabled sports)before returning to the starting point for the cutting of a tricolor ribbon by the Minister…
A symbolic gesture that leads to another, since when the ribbon touches the ground the “peace race is on” : young students carry out a relay race by passing a flag on which it is written in capital letters: PEACE.
In the aftermath, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra will be complimentary towards Grigny : “It is a totally exemplary city in its commitment to spread the taste of sports practice from an early age. All primary schools are now mobilized in the 30 minutes of daily physical activityschools all have the Generation 2024 label, which rewards the links forged with clubs, sports referents, but also the inclusion of people with disabilities. »
And to add:
I wanted to salute the commitment of the mayor, of the city, because this is exactly what we want to develop in all the territories, to allow our young people to develop a taste for sporting activity.
Not bad for one city designated as the poorest in France in 2020.
The minister will even treat herself to a walkabout with some studentsbefore attending a presentation of the device to know how to swim at the Grigny swimming pool, then to leave in his black car.
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