This friday morning, the Minister of National Education, Youth and Sports of France, Jean-Michel Blanquer, after breakfast with the President of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), Bernard Laporte, and the Delegate Minister of Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, concluded, after reading the report presented by Laporte, that the sanitary protocol had been respected in the XV of France.
The meeting was expected because there were sparks in recent days after Roxana Maracineanu’s request for a full report on the COVID-19 episode that affected the French team. This Friday morning, the 3 met to discuss the findings of the investigation.
“What is important to note is that in concrete terms, the health protocol was respected, But we must also clarify that we are never safe enough, “explained Jean-Michel Blanquer. There is no zero risk, hence the importance, especially for top-level competition, of having people deal with this on a daily basis. Moments before , Roxana Maracineanu had announced that the manager of the Blues Raphaël Ibanez, supported by a state executive appointed by the national technical director (Didier Retière), is now dedicated to greater control of compliance with sanitary regulations. Therefore, he will assist in this task the vice president of the Federation Serge Simon, reference “Covid-manager”.
For his part, Bernard Laporte, all smiles after meeting, declared: “I was the first to say that it was logical for the Minister to request a report. We are under the supervision of the Ministry. I know a bit since I went there ten years ago. For me, nobody broke protocol, not even Fabien Galthié. But just to be clear, we have to go further. Therefore, the recommendations of the Ministers seem logical to me.