Former speed skater, world champion of the 500 m in 1980 in Milan, this now retired from the national police, 58 years old, is running for the chair left vacant by Didier Gailhaguet, pushed towards the exit after the scandals of sexual abuse that rocked the FFSG.
And five! After the double European ice dance champion (2011, 2012) Nathalie Pechalat, 36, the former figure skating judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne, 58, the president of the Angers ice dance club, Damien Boyer-Gibaud, 35, and the former president of the Federal Council and vice-president of the federation Hubert Godefroy, 73, it is the turn of the Héraultais Marc Bella to embark in his turn on the race for the presidency of the FFSG shaken by a scandal of sexual violence. "I am applying from today, the letters will be sent tomorrow (Tuesday). I, who am outside the media turmoil, figure skating and ice dancing, I bring the choice of an application that can bring back serenity, "he explains.
"I was an athlete at the same time as many of the protagonists of these cases. I know many of them. Of course it touches me"
At 58, the former short-track world champion in 1980, 11 times French champion and European champion in 1989, is anything but an unknown in the industry. Athlete from 1976 to 1992 before taking on the habits of coach in the French team after the Olympics in Albertville, this now retired from the national police and the United Nations is above all "a man of challenges", whom the last jolts of " his "federation have" pained immensely. "I was an athlete at the same time as many of the protagonists of these cases. I know many of them. Of course it touches me. I want to play a role in the necessary reconstruction that is coming, to restore the 'image of our multi-sport federation which is today soiled and above all to restore confidence to young athletes and parents. "
"There are many things that interest me such as the promotion of minor sports of the federation. And in the context of child protection, work with an association so that never again what happens past, "said the former skater, also 3rd in the 1,000m at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, where short track (short track speed skating) was on display.
Election March 14
Established in Valras-Plage for six years, Marc Bella wants to be "the man for the job." "From my past as an athlete, coach and manager, but also as a police officer, I have the skills to occupy this position and restore righteousness," he claims, while "time is short too, two years from the Olympic Games, with not extraordinary results. "
The omnipresent president Didier Gailhaguet, who reigned over the Federation for two decades, resigned from his post on February 8, under pressure from the Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu following revelations of sexual assaults in skating, including in a book by Sarah Abitbol published at the end of January. The election to his succession will take place on March 14.