The 33-year-old triple Olympic champion is back in Paris for two more years before “going to the other side and accompanying other athletes”.
Teddy Riner stays at the “maison“: the triple Olympic judo champion has extended his contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2024, the Parisian club announced on Monday. “I have no words to say how much I love this club. This is where I was born and this is where I will end up (…) It was my training club, it was my first steps in judo, it was my first club love in football“said the sportsman, who returned to Paris-SG in 2017, during a press conference in Boulogne-Billancourt.
«At the club, I have a team around me that helps me develop every day, listens to me, and tries to be the best on the mat.“, he added, welcoming the quality of the group, less than a month after the victory of PSG in the French Team Championship. “If there is not in the group this desire to evolve together and to seek the most beautiful medals, it is complicatedhe specified. There, they (the PSG, editor’s note) achieved the top. Not necessarily by taking the best, but by taking a group that evolves together and is capable of winning everything.»
Return to individual competition at the Budapest Grand Slam
At 33, the heavyweight with five Olympic medals (two individual titles and two bronze medals, one team title) and ten world titles, is already looking to the Paris Olympics in two years: “This is goal number 1he says. Then he plans togo to the other side and (to) accompany other athletes“, without knowing exactly in what form. In the meantime, he must resume individual competition at the Budapest Grand Slam (July 8-10) and is aiming for an eleventh victory at the World Championships in Uzbekistan scheduled for October.