Who is Amelie Odea Castera, the new Minister for Sports, the Olympics and the Paralympics?

It has been anticipated since President Emmanuel Macron’s first five-year term to become Minister of Sports: The Director-General of the French Tennis Federation, Amelie Odea Castera, was appointed on Friday to the government of Elizabeth Bourne.

The Director General of the French Tennis Federation, Amelie Odea Castera, on March 16, 2022 at Roland Garros, to present the tournament. © AFP / Stephane Allmann

The formation of the new government led by Elizabeth Bourne was finally revealed on Friday afternoon, May 20 2022, nearly a month after Emmanuel Macron was re-elected President of the Republic. Among the new faces of the executive branch: Amelie Odea Castera. The Director General of the French Tennis Federation becomes Minister of Sports, Olympic and Paralympic Games, succeeding Roxana Marasinho.

Former French Tennis Hope, Mauresmo Promo

Thursday, Elizabeth Bourne insisted that she wanted to compose “best teamTherefore, she chose the two in the Ministry of Sports Technician, senior government employee and high-ranking athlete. A judge in the Court of Auditors, Amelie Odea Castera had an impeccable student career: Science po, then ENA. The former marketing director of the Axa insurance group, then moved to the Carrefour brand, before, a little over a year ago, she became the general manager of the French Tennis Federation.

“ENA has never seemed to me such a difficult ecosystem,” Amélie Oudéa-Castéra of Senghor’s promo.

By Fabrice Abgrall

Amelie Odea Castera is already a former high-profile player. The sports hope of French tennis, the world’s lowest-ranking champion in 1992 at the time Semi-finals at Roland Garros or WimbledonShe ended her career in 1996 after losing in the doubles final alongside Amelie Mauresmo.

In ENA, Promo Senghor

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra is the wife of the president of Société Générale, Frédéric Oudéa. Unknown to the general public, she took to the Internet in 2017 to offer her services directly to the President of the Republic. Because Amélie Oudéa-Castéra knows Emmanuel Macron well and for more than twenty years: she is part of the “Senghor” promotion of ENA, that is, the promotion of the President of the Republic. She is also an early member of En Marche! Emmanuel Macron’s party renamed the Renaissance.

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra alongside Amélie Mauresmo after the French Junior Championships final.
Amélie Oudéa-Castéra alongside Amélie Mauresmo after the French Junior Championships final. / Personal Archive A OC.

I was told ‘you’ll see, it’s horrible,’ there are only people scratching their teeth on the floor, he’s trying ‘And I remembered during a meeting a year ago with the sports administration of Radio France. “Actually, I don’t know if it’s because I grew up in a very competitive world where people’s perceptions can change depending on whether you’re going to win or lose, but ENA didn’t appeal to me at all. It seemed like a tough ecosystem. On the contrary, I made real friends who are still among my closest friends even today. Then there I met exceptional personalities“.The new minister refers to Emmanuel Macron, whom she describes as.”Solar“.

“It was sunny,” Amelie Odea Castera recalls her years at ENA with Emmanuel Macron.

By Fabrice Abgrall

Responsible for the sports program of candidate Macron

Indeed, Emmanuel Macron’s message appeared “at the same time” in ENA: “We had a very politically divided class, half on the left, half on the right. I floated over it”Amelie recalls Odea Castera. was very likable, (…) He was a bit of a whooping cough in the sense that everyone respected him. He also had a form of wisdom. “

After a busy period working for the Carrefour brand, Amelie Odea Castera was in charge of the sports program of presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. She took over the reins of the French Tennis Federation in February 2021. Seeing the sport? She gave it by summarizing her work at the head of the FFT and as a sports advisor to Emmanuel Macron: “I have always been drawn to the public world and the political world. In a society with so many challenges and transformation, I think getting involved makes a lot of sense.”The new minister thought. “What is important is to really show, by being at the heart of this sporting movement, all that sport can do for young people, with regard to issues of health: public health, the fight against sedentary lifestyles, these inclusion issues through sport, all that we can. We build on the high standard, all we can do with our volunteers, our 3.5 million volunteers are the soul of this French sport“.

Symbolically speaking, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra left the NFL ahead of the Roland Garros tennis opening on Sunday, May 22nd. But there is no doubt that she will come. With her appointment as Minister of Sports, Olympic and Paralympic Games, Elizabeth Bourne and Emmanuel Macron appear to be part of a long-term government and portfolio, at least until Paris 2024 and in any case after the legislative elections. Meanwhile, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra will participate with the new government on Monday 23 May 2022 in the first Cabinet on Head of State and Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne.

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