Paris Match informs that Teddy Riner suffered a major knee injury five months ago, while preparing for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The French judoka, who did not wish to publicize the affair, had to observe a long period away from the tatami mats.
A particularly well-kept secret. In a report to be published this Thursday, Paris Match reveals that Teddy Riner’s preparation for the 2021 Olympics has been seriously disrupted. The 32-year-old colossus suffered a major knee injury five months ago. Last February. During a training course in Morocco, the double Olympic champion fell badly in training, after a series of randoris. What lead to a tear of his external ligament. With three weeks of total rest and two months without judo in stride.
Not really ideal for gaining momentum before the big meeting in Japan. “I wore a harness, followed the rehabilitation to the letter. It was out of the question for me to give up the Games”, explains Riner, who admits having resented his coaches, Franck Chambilly and Laurent Cajella, because he felt ” tired “on the day of his injury. An injury that the star of the French delegation did not want to say. Time to fully recover. Outside of his close entourage, no one knew about it.
A third Olympic coronation in the sights
Whether this tile can affect its performance in Tokyo remains to be seen. The heavyweight boss (+ 100kg) has landed in the land of judo to afford a third Olympic coronation, after London in 2012 and Rio in 2016. He will be on the tatami of the Nippon Budokan on Friday July 30th. To mark the legend. Even if it means clenching your teeth a little …