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JO: Teddy Riner has an appointment with History


On the night of Thursday to Friday, the judoka will set off to conquer a third Olympic coronation in a row in the over 100 kilogram category.

Special envoy to Tokyo

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  • The Olympic medal table

The wait will have lasted too long for Teddy Riner. “

For me and for the athletes, it's been a long time since Rio,

” he confided before flying to Japan. "

I have never experienced preparation like this, so hard, and which, above all, gives the impression of never ending

." A reference to the postponement of one year of the Tokyo Games. “

To be able to experience these Games, I am the happiest man

,” he said, a huge smile in support.

I have heard so many people tell me that they will not take place. And I would answer them: "I assure you, they will take place." I did not give up and I did well

. ” What does it matter, suddenly, that they take place without an audience, which means for him, without his relatives. "

The most important thing for me is to win this gold medal.

Even if my loved ones will be far away, for once, I will have to deal with it.

I just need to be able to fight.

In Doha (in January of this year), I've already experienced it once, so I'm ready. ”

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Source: lefigaro

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