On Tuesday, the FFJudo announced the appointment of Baptiste Leroy as head of the French men’s teams in place of Christophe Gagliano.
Change in the organization chart of the French men’s judo teams. Christophe Gagliano, in charge of the men’s teams since January 2021, has been removed from his post. He paid in particular for the poor results of the French at the Worlds last October, in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), where none of the nine tricolors entered was classified. To do this, the FFJudo decided to appoint Tuesday Baptiste Leroy, coach of the Etoile Sportive de Blanc-Mesnil Judo (ESBM). As indicated by the French Judo Federation on its website, the former DTN of Mauritius from 2018 to 2021 will be in charge of “to manage and reorganize all male management”. This choice to change the manager of the men’s teams responds to a desire to change certain elements.
“It was urgent to remedy the poor results of the French men’s team, less than two years from the Paris Games. We will have to have no regrets and there is still time to act and change certain things in the men’s sector. There are the results, the way, and also the mentalities. All of this must evolve, I want more collaboration between our federal teams (INSEP) and top-level clubs.”indicates Stéphane Nomis, president of the FFJDA (French Federation of Judo and Associated Disciplines) on the site internet of the FFJudo.
Do better than at the Tokyo Olympics
For the Paris 2024 JOP, Stéphane Nomis has set the goal for Baptiste Leroy to do better than in Tokyo, where France had won eight medals. The stated goal is to win ten Olympic charms. Although the bar is high, this does not scare the new manager of the French men’s teams.
“I am very happy to join the staff of the French team, even if I know the responsibility that this represents. I thank the French Judo Federation for the confidence it has in me, two years from the Games at Home. I will do my best to collaborate with all the forces present, I know that it is our differences that constitute our wealth, our potential to achieve the objectives that France has set for itself., he confided. After words, place for action.