Shortly after Laura Fessel resigned as Minister of Sport, France has appointed another personality for this prestigious job. Thus, the new minister is Roxana Maracineanu, a former swimmer born in 1975 in Bucharest.
Roxana Maracineanu was born on May 7, 1975, in Bucharest, and emigrated to France in 1984. In 1998, in Perth, Roxana Maracineanu became the first French sportswoman to conquer the world title for swimming.
Sport is a priority area in France, so the “sector” was given to another big champion after Laura Fessel, the double Olympic champion at the fencing (1996), resigned. Thus, the head of the Ministry of Sport was named Roxana Maracineanu, the world’s first champion of swimming in France. In 1998, the athlete won the world title at 200 meters, at the Perth competitions. Mărăcineanu won the silver medal at the Sydney Olympics, and the sports career ended in 2004. In 2000, she took second place in the 200 meters back test at the Olympic Games in Sydney, being overtaken by Diana Mocanu.
Born in Bucharest, Roxana Maracineanu settled in Mulhouse where she started swimming. In 2007, she was a specialist consultant for “France Televisions” during the Melbourne World, after which she was involved in numerous social programs. In 2010, she ran for the Socialist Party in regional elections, and on March 21 she was elected Regional Councilor in Île-de-France. Roxana has two children and she is married to journalist Franck Ballanger.