Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Birthday boy Teddy Riner optimistic about equal chances in 2021
7 Apr 2020 11:30
Double Olympic judo champion Teddy Riner believes that staging the Tokyo Games in 2021 will put all athletes on an equal footing after the sports extravaganza was postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak. At his 31st birthday he speaks about the delay.
The Frenchman, a gold medallist in the men's heavyweight category at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, has been training at home since the government imposed a lockdown on March 17.
"Why would some be angry (that the Olympics were delayed)? People die. You have to give all athletes a fair chance and at that moment, all athletes were not on equal footing," Riner told French sports daily L'Equipe.
"Waiting another year is not the end of the world, we just have to be patient. I can't see how the qualifications would have been fair if the Games had been delayed to the autumn."
Riner, who in February suffered his first defeat in 10 years, has been following a strict routine to stay fit.
"Two days before the lockdown I knew it was going to happen so I had (fitness) material delivered. I set up a room above my office and I work out twice a day - except Saturdays - without taking my foot off the pedal," Riner said.
Riner lost to Japan's Kokoro Kageura on Feb. 9 in the IJF Grand Slam in Paris, ending a run of 152 successive victories since 2010.
"It was a good thing that it happened there and not at the Olympics. It was a wake-up call. Clearly, I was lacking aggressiveness," he said. "I felt my judo was good but you must remember that judo is a fight."
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
The Paris Gram Slam always meets the expectations. Each year it is guaranteed fireworks. The French know how to create an amazing environment, supported by their locals and enjoying themselves in every match. Besides great ippons and unforgettable contests, the Paris Grand Slam always brings huge surprises and this year was not an exception. Read more
World number seven Henk Grol of the Netherlands ripped up the script and forced the rows of journalists to rewrite their fleeting headlines after beating World Judo Masters bronze medallist Kageura Kokoro (JPN) to win heavyweight gold. It was in 2011 that Henk Grol captured the Paris gold but then in his class U100kg. Aged 34 he seems to be on course for a place in Tokyo. Read more
All the signs are encouraging that double Olympic champion and 10-time world champion Teddy Riner, 30, will indeed compete in Paris for the first time since 2013 and open his 2020 season on home soil. He is 152-fights unbeaten and back in Paris at the biggest tournament in the IJF World Tour. Read more
Teddy Riner will be attending the Grand Prix in Tel Aviv, the first World Tour event of 2020. The French phenomenon wasn’t in Tokyo nor Qingdao for the Grand Slam and Masters in Asia, but will be expected in Tel Aviv. The 10 time World Champion and double Olympic Champion is hunting his third Olympic title and the record of Tadahiro Nomura. Read more
The world-renowned Paris Grand Slam, the IJF’s iconic French supershow, will be more important than ever in 2020 as the first of four Grand Slam events to take place before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Tickets are now on sale for the two-day showpiece (8-9 February) at the AccorHotels Arena which attracts the world’s leading judoka and thousands of fans along with hundreds of media from all over the world. Read more
Elena Brylyakova (RUS)