His most successful employee to kick off PSG-Angers at 9 p.m. this Friday… Judoka Teddy Riner, who has 10 world champion titles and 3 Olympic champion titles, the last of which was in Tokyo in August during of the team competition, will be featured at the Parc des Princes.
Member of PSG judo since 2017, Riner will undoubtedly make a pass to Kylian Mbappé to give the fictitious kickoff of the advanced meeting of the 10th day of L1 between the Parisian leader and the formation of Maine-et-Loire which occupies a nice 4th place in the standings.
The 32-year-old native of Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) will be accompanied in the center of the field by Sandrine Martinet-Aurières, a 38-year-old para-judocat in the visually impaired category B2 who won the silver medal in - 48 kg in Tokyo during the Paralympic Games last August. The footballers, handball players and judokas of the capital club, medalists at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, will then make a lap of honor. They will be fifteen in number.
Among the footballers there will be Jordyn Huitema (gold, Canada), Amanda Ilestedt (silver, Sweden), Stéphanie Labbé (gold, Canada) and Ashley Lawrence (gold, Canada).
The handball players will be represented by the French Olympic champions Yann Genty, Vincent Gérard, Luka Karabatic, Nikola Karabatic and Nedim Remili but also Mikkel Hansen (silver, Denmark), Henrik Toft Hansen (silver, Denmark) and Ferran Sole (bronze, Spain).
Finally in the judokas, Teddy Riner, who also won the individual bronze, will be accompanied by Amandine Buchard (individual silver and gold by team, France) and Romane Dicko (individual bronze and gold by team, France).
A decisive pass at the Vélodrome on Wednesday evening
Teddy Riner will therefore tread the lawn of the Parc des Princes two days after those of the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. The heavyweight, in fact, participated Wednesday evening in the “match of heroes”, a gala meeting co-organized by UNICEF and the Didier Drogba foundation with the aim of raising funds for education in Côte d'Ivoire. The tricolor champion had swapped his kimono for a jersey, shorts, socks and crampons. He even distinguished himself by delivering an assist for French Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly.
Twenty-four hours before the meeting, Teddy Riner did not hide his joy at treading the lawn of the Velodrome.
"I can only be very happy to go to one of the most beautiful stadiums in France," he said.
He breathes football which is also one of my passions.
Treading the lawn of the Velodrome with crampons should be very impressive.
I hope that the OM supporters will all be behind us, and that for the duration of a match they will forget that I support PSG (smile).