Surfing: the ubiquitous situation of Joan Duru, 2021 world champion but absent from the Tokyo Olympics

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His name does not appear on the official ISA (International Surfing Association) list for the 2021 Olympic Games. His absence from the 2019 World Championships due to injury is said to be the reason for his non-selection as a replacement. games. Obviously disappointed, the 32-year-old Frenchman has the support of many surfers and especially the French Surf Federation.

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It was through an Instagram post that Joan Duru announced the news: “I had to be a replacement for France but the ISA (International Surfing Association) decided otherwise because I was injured at the 2019 World Championships.[…] Can I have an answer to justify this choice? ”Given, provisionally, as a replacement for Jérémy Flores and Michel Bourez, the two Frenchmen selected for the 2021 Olympic Games, Joan Duru finally saw his name withdrawn from the list. It was Jorgann Couzinet who was appointed just nine days before the start of the surfing events in Tokyo.

The reason for his removal from the list of substitutes? His absence from the world championships in 2019, a mandatory step to qualify for the Games but not a qualifier. As a result, Duru, and eight other surfers, also absent from this competition, had to wait for the meeting of the ISA (International Surfing Association) medical commission a month ago to find out their fate. All had to provide a medical certificate to justify their injury at the time. Only the medical file of the 32-year-old Frenchman was retoked by the ISA. “I asked for explanations but I don’t know,” said Duru. World champion last month, in Salvador, the Landais was able to have the support of many surfers around the world under his Instagram post.

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It has the support of the French Federation

Her friend and teammate Jérémy Flores considers this decision “incomprehensible”, a feeling shared by Johanne Defay, a French surfer qualified for the Olympic Games. Or Gabriel Medina, the Brazilian, denounces a “Mafia”. Because the Olympic qualification system has been extremely criticized. The French Surf Federation describes it as “ubuesque” in its press release. Stéphane Corbinien, performance director, calls this qualification system into question: “His case was not treated fairly compared to the others. He is world champion and is not even a substitute for the Olympics.” So, the French authority brought this case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Stéphane Corbinien assures us “that there were no other procedures than this one but the ISA to date has still not responded. They are undoubtedly very busy, we are approaching the deadline of Games and time is against us “and adds” we had to defend it, it is our role. ” While waiting for Joan Duru, “doesn’t want to cry over his fate” and thanks all the people who support him: “It’s nice, I didn’t really know how people were going to react.” Now, his eyes are on Paris 2024: “I’m still here, I can continue and go to the Olympics in Tahiti, an incredible wave. The selection will arrive quickly.” But before that, he “will still follow his friends in front of the TV”.

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