The French team "will have a competitive team" at the Tokyo Olympics despite the reluctance of clubs to release their players, FFF President Noël Le Graët told AFP this Sunday, confirming the presence of André-Pierre Gignac and hoping that of Florian Thauvin.
Asked about the difficulties encountered by coach Sylvain Ripoll, the boss of the FFF cut short the hypothesis of a forfeit.
"First, I want to confirm that we will go to the Olympics, eh ... Because I hear a lot of things about it", he replied.
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OL president Jean-Michel Aulas, present on Saturday at his side for France-Hungary, promised him to release "two" players, like Strasbourg.
Nice could also leave one available.
“I ask each club president to let at least one player go, even if it is not in the texts, continued Le Graët.
I admit that it falls into complicated dates "but" it's so difficult to qualify, we haven't been there for a long time ... "
The Olympic tournament will be played from July 22 to August 7, while Ligue 1 resumes on Friday August 5 ... France has not participated in the Olympic tournament since 1996 and has been facing serious difficulties for several weeks in building a selection.
"We may not have all the players that Ripoll wanted but it is relaxing", reassures Le Graët.
For the Games, the regulations only allow three players over the age of 24 on each team.
The striker André-Pierre Gignac, 35, will be part of it and could be supported by Florian Thauvin, his former partner at OM who has just joined him in Mexico with the Monterrey Tigers.
“Yes, Gignac is official, confirms Le Graët.
Thauvin is new because we have obtained the agreement of Fifa and the IOC to take players beyond the given list of 50.
The clearance has arrived, now it's up to Ripoll to call Thauvin and agree with him.
Theoretically, the coach did not have the right to summon players not appearing in the list sent in mid-May.
Le Graët claims to have taken advantage of the arrival of Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, on June 10 in Paris, to ask that Fifa make a gesture in the future concerning the Olympics.
"Each club must have the obligation to let at least one player go," said the president of the FFF.