Antoine Dupont at the Olympics, for or against?

On Monday, the participation of the scrum half of the French XV in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will be made official. Good or bad idea? The editorial debate.

FOR: an extraordinary athlete for a huge spotlight

He will finally realize his dream: participating in the Olympic Games. Surely a little boy’s dream, shared by many top athletes. Rugby sevens has only been included in the Olympic program since 2016. The opportunity is therefore recent for rugby players to compete in the Olympics. Antoine Dupont understood this very quickly. Cheslin Kolbe, Sonny Bill Williams or his former teammate in blue Virimi Vakatawa had this chance. So why not him? This is a unique opportunity in his career, already busy and filled with numerous trophies.

And then, Antoine Dupont is not an athlete like the others. His physical and athletic qualities are well above average. He should, after a little time to adapt, become as formidable at 7 as at XV. His explosiveness, his running speed, his devastating support should quickly do enormous damage.

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