It is the story of a large swimming club which is upset on the legal level. In Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin), the Mulhouse Olympic Swimming (MON) club is the target of an investigation, as the local prosecution revealed this Saturday.
One, if not the most prestigious French swimming club, founded in 1962 by Laurent Horter (and currently chaired by the latter’s son, Franck) has been in the eye of the storm since anonymous emails “implicating [le MON] on the opacity of the management of the club “reached the judicial authorities.
An investigation opened in January 2020
The prosecutor of the Republic of Mulhouse, Edwige Roux-Morizot, specified that the investigation, entrusted to the judicial police of Mulhouse, was opened in “January 2020”, because “this information [données dans les mails anonymes] seem fairly documented “.
The magistrate explains however that, for the moment, the investigation does not know of “extremely important developments”, although “financial investigations of this type suppose a great work of analysis”. The Covid-19 crisis did not help investigators move forward on this file.
At the same time, a judicial investigation was opened because of an alleged embezzlement of subsidies. Classified without follow-up at first, this investigation was reopened after the constitution of civil part of the family of an elite swimmer excluded from the club and who demanded the reimbursement of a subsidy, according to the public prosecutor. .
Mulhouse, club of many big names in swimming
Friday, the club communicated, through the voice of its president, to reject the accusations weighing on the MON, ensuring that they have a “devastating effect for the club”. At the beginning of the week, Franck Horter had already spoken in the columns of Alsace in the company of his brother, Lionel, coach of the club. The two men then ensured that “everything is transparent” within the club.
Many recognized swimmers have been trained or have gone through the Mulhouse club, such as the current Minister for Sports and former world swimming champion, Roxana Maracineanu. Laure Manaudou (Olympic champion), Amaury Leveaux and Yannick Agnel trained in these pools.