In a press release he sent to us, Jean-Claude Skrela, former coach of the Blues and member of the Oval Ensemble opposition list, explains his disagreement about the recent resignation of his people. In these terms.
Last Friday, when the FFR steering committee decided to remain in place after the resignation of Bernard Laporte and despite the wish of the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, to hold new elections, the opposition list Ovale Ensemble led by Florian Grill had meanwhile chosen to resign from the governing body, on the grounds of not wanting “endorse such a diktat on French rugby”.
In total, there were therefore nine elected officials (Serge Blanco, Florian Grill, Fabien Pelous, etc.) who had thus left their functions within the governing body of French rugby, leaving federal politics unopposed until December 2024. This morning, Jean-Claude Skrela, former national coach and member of the opposition list, sent us a press release in which he protests against this decision: “My position was that we should stay on the FFR Steering Committee, out of respect for the clubs that voted for us, granting us successively 49 and 51%. Our resignation prevents those who voted for us from being represented on the Steering Committee of the FFR. We cannot abandon the clubs that have placed their trust in us. It is our resignation that allows the list in power to govern alone and without opposition, in a dangerous inter-self. assures Skrela.
Skrela: “Resigning in the middle of a session? You have to know how to keep your nerves”
“The last two years, in all the steering committees, we have fully played our role. I am proud of the work accomplished, in the name of the general interest, the values that have always driven me in the service of rugby and the clubs. “Why withdraw now? I don’t know the reason. It’s not a decision that was taken collectively within the group of elected members of Ovale Ensemble. And, as Jean-Pierre Rives answered bloody to the referee, during the grand slam 77: “Going out? But to go where?” How do you expect the clubs to trust us if we desert the field? On the field, I never threw in the towel, as a 4th series player at Isle Jourdain, international player, club coach, coach of the XV finalist in 1999 or even as DTN at the FFR. I fought until the end, regardless of the virility of the match. And that for years and years “Today I continue to defend what I believe to be fair and useful in rugby. Out of respect for the democratic life of the Federation, I have never changed sides. I never will. I have been at the initiative of the group which will later become Ovale Ensemble. I remain faithful to my commitments, my ideas and my convictions. Democracy is a constructive exchange … or not … but always alive, between an opposition and a majority. Imagine can a political group in the National Assembly, or in the Senate, resign in the middle of a session? know how to keep your nerves. Despite the result of the consultation, the majority governance in place at the FFR, has used, as is its right, the statutory rules which allow it to retain power, at least until the next GA. It was a duty to stay inside to carry our values and defend all the clubs that trusted us.” explains the former coach.
“Out of respect for the XV of France and all the teams of France Today, the problems of governance take precedence over the athlete. At the time of the first match of the Tournament, I am worried It is our collective duty to surround, to protect and support the XV of France. Beyond the XV, who talks about the performance of the girls (2nd) and the boys (4th) in the 7th tournament in Sydney? All these teams know how to win. We have transformed our victory in defeat. As one club leader told me, “You are gone. We are nothing.” I can’t bring myself to do it. Yes, I’m sad. All the clubs now want us to move on, to talk about rugby, major international events. who arrive and especially their daily concerns.”
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