It’s an event! A long-awaited return. Away from the tatami since August 24 and a right ankle injury contracted during a randori internship in Morocco, Teddy Riner should make his big comeback to competition on Saturday at the European Club Championships in Gori ( Georgia). The information was confirmed by his club, PSG, Thursday morning, through a press release.
“The Parisian group which will defend the colors red and blue in this competition is made up of 9 girls and 10 boys,” the statement said. Romane Dicko, recent world champion, and Teddy Riner, are part of the Parisian squad. »
Reduced by this injury, the ten-time heavyweight world champion and double Olympic individual champion had to forfeit the Worlds last October in Uzbekistan. “Two years away from the Olympics, I can’t take any risks. Appointment is made for the next World Championships in May in Qatar,” Riner announced at the time.
He had since resumed training during an internship in Japan. He will be one of the main assets of PSG to seek the continental title. A title after which the club has been chasing since 1995, despite losing two finals in 1997 and 1998. “The team from the capital was then led by David Douillet, double Olympic champion in 1996 (+95 kg) and 2000 (+100kg), Cécile Nowak, 1992 Olympic champion (-48kg), Frédéric Demontfaucon, 2001 world champion (-90kg), as well as the current President of the judo section, Djamel Bouras, Olympic champion in 1996 (-78 kg)”, recalls the club in the press release.
Five other French clubs – including four from the Paris region – are involved in this event: Sainte-Geneviève Sports (women’s and men’s teams), Champigny (women’s team), Blanc-Mesnil SJ (women’s team), ES Blanc-Mesnil (women’s team) and US Orleans (women’s team).