Judo Worlds: Teddy Riner, injured, renounces the 2022 World Championships

French judo champion Teddy Riner, July 10, 2022 after his victory at the Grand Slam in Budapest. (©AFP/Archives/ATTILA KISBENEDEK)

The ten-time world champion and three-time Olympic judo champion Teddy Riner, who injured his ankle in August, announced on Monday that he had to give up the 2022 Worlds scheduled in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) from October 6 to 13.

“Alas I was dreading it, but the medical examinations taken today have confirmed that I will not be able to resume judo for a few weeks, which therefore excludes my participation in the next World Championships in Tashkent”, wrote Riner, 33, on Twitter .

“Two years away from the Olympics, I can’t take any risks. Appointment is made for the next World Championships next May in Qatar, ”added the megastar of French sport.

Already hurt his ankle

In his short message, Riner does not give details on the injury which forces him to forfeit the most important meeting of the year.

At the end of August, during an internship in Rabat, Morocco, he injured his ankle during a confrontation when a training partner fell on his ankle.

The French Judo Federation and PSG, his club, then indicated that this sprain required “the wearing of a splint and the use of crutches for three weeks”, while ensuring that his participation in the 2022 World Championships was ” maintained”.

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No World Championship since 2017

Riner, bronze medalist in more than 100 kg and crowned Olympic team champion in August 2021 in Tokyo, has not participated in a World Championship since 2017.

In July, he won the Budapest Grand Slam, his first international competition since the Tokyo Olympics.

Source : © 2022 AFP

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