School sport: former handball international Olivier Girault appointed head of the UNSS

This appointment takes place at 22 month of the start of the Olympic Games in Paris 2024.

Two and a half years before the Paris Games, the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer appointed Tuesday 03 December the former world champion and Olympic handball champion Olivier Girault at the head of the UNSS (National Union of School Sport).

48 years old, Olivier Girault, former member of the team de France des Costauds aux Experts, was the president of the National Handball League, which he led from 800 at 2020. He is now the president of the main school sports federation, which brings together nearly 100. 000 licensed and who works in the ‘secondary education.

Happy to announce the appointment of Olivier Girault, Olympic Champion, of the world who was captain of the French handball team, at the head of the @ unss

As a team, it will give new impetus to school sport

For each of our students and for a sporting France nation @ Paris 2024 qyshP

– Jean-Michel Blanquer (@jmblanquer) December 03, 2020 This appointment comes a few months after an emerging controversy between the Minister of National Education and some high-level athletes after the Tokyo Olympics. Jean-Michel Blanquer had split a tweet in which he congratulated himself on the role of sports lessons in the success of team sports in the land of the rising sun (3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze). Basketball player Evan Fournier, Olympic vice-champion in Tokyo, was the first to open fire in speaking of a ” sports culture at school (…) disastrous “, before d ‘to be followed by others like the decathlete Kevin Mayer who had regretted the absence ” of the culture of winning at school “.

On the contrary, Mr. Minister @jmblanquer Our sports culture at school is disastrous. If my teammates and I have reached the elite of our sport it is thanks to sports associations, clubs, volunteers but in no way thanks to the school. 35 V3QA0Hvf

– Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) August 9, 2021 A few days before the minister’s decision, four former high-level athletes, Astrid Guyart, Frédéric Michalak, Malia Metella and Yannick Nyanga pleaded for an athlete to be appointed head of the UNSS.

This is a first for this institution whose position of national director has usually been devolved over the years. 70, to National Education officials, rectors, general inspectors or heads of establishments. This cultural revolution in the small world of school sport does not happen for everyone. ” We are quite angry “, admits Benoit Hubert, national secretary secretary of Snep-Fsu (union of teachers of PE). ” Not on the person, who has nothing to do with it, but on the manner. ‘UNSS who spoke and Olivier Girault, after the hearings of the candidates, came in fourth position out of four “.

A decision assumed by the ministry. ” The board of directors of the UNSS is composed of 100% of the world of education. It is not abnormal that he has positioned himself like this “, we analyze in the entourage of the Minister. ” This is part of the desire to regroup the Ministry of National Education and Sports. It corresponds to the state of mind of the Minister , that of an opening “, we add in the ministerial entourage. But this openness leaves the side of school sport perplexed.