No postponement of the election to the presidency of the French Rugby Federation

Bernard Laporte is a candidate for his own succession at the head of the French rugby federation (FFR).

The election for the presidency of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) will take place on October 3. The management committee chose to maintain this date, despite the request for postponement formulated by Florian Grill, the president of the Ile-de-France regional league and opponent of Bernard Laporte, the president in office since 2016 and candidate for his own succession. Florian Grill had argued that the coronavirus epidemic put the campaign on hold for several months.

This request for postponement was deemed admissible on Wednesday by the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF). The latter, seized as conciliator, agreed with Florian Grill on the fact that he was not able to campaign properly during confinement. He recalled that due to the health crisis, the postponement of the election of presidents is allowed until April 31, 2021 for all sports federations.

As a result, the CNOSF proposed a two-month postponement for “Secure this election” facing the risk of referral to the election judge, brandished by the opposition in the event of failure of the conciliation.

Noting that, if allowed, the postponement of the election “Can not in any case be binding”, the steering committee of the FFF estimated that with the fear of a second epidemic wave, “Postponing the general meeting scheduled for October 3 does not seem responsible, the health uncertainty of the end of the year representing a real risk”.

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