As revealed this Tuesday in The team, Christophe Gagliano has been removed from his position as manager of the French men’s team, a position he has held since January 2021. To replace him, the French Judo Federation has chosen Baptiste Leroy, coach of the Etoile Sportive club of Blanc-Mesnil (Seine-Saint-Denis). “ He will be responsible for managing and reorganizing the men’s coaching team “says the Federation.
Triple champion of France, Baptiste Leroy (46) was then coach of the selection of Morocco (2011-2012) then DTN in Mauritius (2018-2021) before succeeding Alain Schmitt at the head of the ESBM , after the latter’s departure to train Bulgaria at the start of 2021. Christophe Gagliano pays in particular for the Worlds in Uzbekistan, in mid-October, from where France returned without a medal in the individual men’s category, with it is true a largely rejuvenated team . None of the nine entered was classified.
Objective 10 medals at the 2024 Olympics
« 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 this must evolve, I want more collaboration between our federal teams (INSEP) and top clubs “, explained Stéphane Nomis, the president of the FFJDA. Who has never hidden his desire to improve the relationship between the clubs, where many athletes, both female and male, train mainly, and the federal system, at INSEP.
« I am very happy to join the staff of the France team, even if I know the responsibility that this represents. 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 itself. “commented Baptiste Leroy. After the eight medals brought back from the Tokyo Olympics, Nomis has set the goal for Paris 2024 at ten.