The French judoka Teddy Riner, considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, will arrive in Israel in two weeks and take part in the prestigious Mastes in Jerusalem, his associates confirmed to "Israel Hayom" today (Tuesday).
The 33-year-old Riner was recently injured in his ankle, which prevented him from taking part in the World Championships in Tashkent, when he hoped to return to the European Team Championships in front of the home crowd in France, but was still not 100 percent fit.
His comeback competition was last week in the Champions League in Georgia, where he represented his club Paris Saint-Germain.
Riner is considered after the greatest judokas in history, won three gold medals and 2 bronze medals at the Olympic Games, 10 times at the World Championships, more than any other judoka in history and 5 times at the European Championships.
It is important to remember that in the past, Riner registered for the Grand Prix in Tel Aviv, but was withdrawn at the last minute.
As you remember, the Masters is expected to open on December 20, during Hanukkah, when a big happening is planned during the three days.
The union intends to bring in buses young Jews from all over the country and schools in Jerusalem, as these days, ticket sales are in full swing.
This is the third most important tournament in the judo branch after the Olympics and the World Championship, and the athletes participating in it can earn the highest score in the world ranking.
A gold medal in the 'Masters' is worth 1,800 ranking points, a silver medal 1,260 points and a bronze medal 900 points (for comparison in the Grand Slam a gold medal gives 1,000 points).
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