After two years as president of the Ice Sports Federation, Nathalie Péchalat was beaten this Saturday, June 25. The ex-sportswoman, wife of Jean Dujardin, believes that her defeat constitutes “a hell of a step back”.
Nathalie Péchalat does not return … After only two years as president of the Ice Sports Federation, the wife of Jean Dujardin will have to leave her post. It is Gwenaëlle Noury who will recover her place, elected with 52.8% of the votes this Saturday, June 25. “It’s the interstellar shame for all ice sports, we come back to another system of values, to another functioning, to other methods which are not mine”, reacted the former ice dancing champion to the few media present, as reported by Le Monde. For a few days, Nathalie Péchalat assured that her competitor was remotely controlled by Didier Gailhaguet, the ex-president of the FFSG who resigned after being accused of having covered a coach implicated in rape and sexual assault.
“He was the one who led the campaign and made his programme, reacted Nathalie Péchalat to RMC Sports. I can’t tell you otherwise. Afterwards, what place will he have, in the shadows or on the front of the stage, I don’t know… Even if he’s only a ghost, it’s an interstellar shame for ice sports.” Barely elected, Gwenaëlle Noury raised these suspicions. “Didier Gailhaguet was consulted, I’m not hiding it because for me he’s still a fan of ice sports, he’s still someone who knows the workings of this federation, she explained to the voting clubs. I want to surround myself with competent people who know this federal machine and Didier is one of them. Now he’s a consultant like everyone else.” Touched and moved by his defeat, the wife of Jean Dujardin believes that this election is “a hell of a step back”.
Nathalie Péchalat: “I had trouble for two years, we’ll stop there”
“What we’ve done in two years is going to be brushed aside. I’m upset, because it’s been days, evenings, weekends (of work). It’s been intense, added the one who will have been the first woman elected to the presidency of the FFSG, with our colleagues. Rehabilitate the sport of ice with institutions, private partners… We start from scratch.” Truly shocked by her defeat, Nathalie Péchalat does not yet know what her future will hold. “There are limits to everything, I will take a step back and go back to my life before. I will keep a link with ice sports because it is part of my DNA, but not directly with the Federation, which is not the aim of the game, she assured in the columns of RMC Sport. IThere will be no recourse, we are in a democracy, I accept the result. I don’t want to get into that. The trouble, I had it for two years, we’ll stop there.”