The former tricolor international, who led the organization of the Rugby World Cup, is laid off “as a precaution”, announced on Monday the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra. At the end of June, an investigation by the daily “L’Equipe” revealed the toxic climate reigning within the organizing committee.
Just over a year from the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the general manager responsible for organizing the event in France has been laid off “as a precaution” et “with immediate effect”announced Monday the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, confirming information from l‘Team. Claude Atcher, 66 years old and former international of the France rugby union team, is the target of an investigation by the Labor Inspectorate, launched in June after the publication of an article in the sports daily detailing a “deep social malaise” within the Public Interest Group (GIP) France 2023, the institution in charge of the organization of the World Cup led by the former player.
layoff, “for the time necessary to close the investigation”, was taken in consultation with the French Rugby Federation and the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, the CNOSF. This choice of the Minister of Sports also comes after a report by the ethics committee reported on the part of Atcher “alarming managerial practices altering the functioning of the structure and the state of suffering of a certain number of collaborators”. “Atcher will no longer be present or active, directly or indirectly, within, in the name and on behalf of the GIP during the period of layoff”the ministry said in a statement.
At the end of June, in a survey of the teamseveral employees of the organizing committee, former and current, denounced on condition of anonymity the “management by terror” set up by Atcher and his chief of staff within the GIP. The sports daily had collected the testimonies, edifying, of about fifteen employees. Several of them suffered from professional exhaustion syndrome, others from burnout. “Right now, at least six of them are off work, most of them for overwork, anxiety and depression…” said the newspaper.
Of these 70 employees, “around twenty” quit their job and “at least four more” could do the same. Resignations, negotiated departures and sick leave in series mean that “full service” would be understaffed. “The workload for those who stay is getting crazier and crazier,” says someone who has thrown in the towel. It’s a vicious circle.”slipped an employee on condition of anonymity.
After the dismissal of the former boss of the organizing committee, an exceptional board of directors will meet on Friday to “validate that the missions of the general manager will be carried out by Julien Collette, deputy general manager of the GIP”, specifies the Ministry of Sports. Finally, the press release indicates that a “Joint mission of the General Inspectorate of Finance and the General Inspectorate of Education, Sport and Research is triggered by the State to, on the one hand, analyze the existence of possible breaches of the economic and financial probity or conflicts of interest and on the other hand, to support the GIP in the organization of some of its strategic programs”.
Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.
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