Former player, then national technical director for more than twenty years (from 1999 to 2020), Philippe Bana is now the new president of the French Handball Federation (FFHandball). The iconic DTN succeeds Joël Delplanque, who did not stand for re-election after three successive terms.
On Saturday, the 63-year-old won in front of two competitors, the former Olympic champion Olivier Girault and the one who held the post of vice-president, Jean-Pierre Feuillan. The “Handball 2024 Let’s play collective” list led by Philippe Bana won 58% of the vote, ahead of Feuillan’s (32%). Olivier Girault, also former president of the National League, obtained 10%.
A two-Olympic mandate
The 25 members of Philippe Bana’s list will form the majority on the board of directors (CA) and will elect the new president during a CA in the afternoon. The new president of FFHandball will be elected for a four-year term, including the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and the 2024 Paris Olympics at home.
“Respect and dignity to those who led this democratic campaign. Handball is growing, Bana said. President, this is a new position and a new challenge. Today, I think especially of the licensees and the clubs which await the resumption of handball. I have a large team by my side to carry out the missions. “
This election took place at a distance, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, when it was initially planned in Pau. Philippe Bana will be faced with a major challenge: recovering the 15% of licensees who are missing compared to last season (the Federation has nearly 500,000 licensees), a fall which is largely explained by the health crisis. linked to Covid-19.