“It’s back to better jump, you need to stay positive”, has assured on Saturday on franceinfo the double olympic judo champion Teddy Riner, confined in a full pandemic of sars coronavirus. “The olympics, sport is my life, but we will have to wait a year.”Teddy Riner, during the judo tournament Paris Grand Slam 2020, in Paris, on 9 February 2020. (LUCAS BARIOULET / AFP)
“Today, it is better for everyone to remain confined to rule the real problem which is this virus, and kills people”, responded Saturday, may 2 on franceinfo, the double olympic judo champion Teddy Riner, who is going to have to wait another year before attempting to get a third gold medal in Tokyo carried over in 2021.
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“The olympics, sport is my life, but we will have to wait a year. The time that the health authorities deal with this problem”, he added. “But it’s going to be even more difficult because a year older it means even more hours of training”, continued Teddy Riner, but “one is accustomed to and we know why we do it. This is for the gold medal.”
franceinfo : with so many sporting events cancelled or deferred, the period is a little rotten for lovers of sport ?
Teddy Riner : Totally rotten, for those who do and who like to see it too. It is a special time, but this is not the time to enjoy his favorite sport, it is rather to stay at home, let the real heroes save us, look after us and guide us. One is in a difficulty world, we lose lives every day. It is boring but you have to go through there to fix the problem. I can understand that for some presidents of clubs it can be very complicated. For some clubs, if there are no shareholders or big partners to help them, they will put the key under the door. I can understand their attitude. But today, it is important to show humanity. We need to be the one and the other welded otherwise we’re not going to get there. Today, it is better for everyone to remain confined to rule the real problem which is this virus, and kills people.
How do you keep yourself in shape in a daily practice and stay within the requirements of the high-level sport ?
Everything that is food, I put a padlock on certain products, not that I’m tempted, as the weight, I take it quickly. It is madame who hides them. We bought a suitcase with a closure code. All the snacks of the children, everything that I like and that children have the habit of eating, it is under lock. And me I watch the children take their snack. For me it is the best thing to do. Otherwise, I train twice a day. My coach sends me my program and I do.
The games are carried over, the championship of France is arrested, what advice to give to athletes that depress ?
Depressing it may last for a time. What is the priority today ? Going to the olympics and be all sick and that there are dead ? Or stay in good health, that we rule this to be a problem and for that in the future this virus is not talked about more ?
Those who get depressed should share things and be responsible.Teddy Rinerà franceinfo
Today, it is a page of humanity that one can turn if it is done correctly and if it is serious. I too would have wanted to be in the olympics this summer. This is not possible and well, here. There is this pandemic that is currently ravaging the world and I didn’t want to leave this earth because I just loves life, I kiffe this world. I want to see my kids grow up so we stay confined. The olympics, sport is my life, but we will have to wait a year. The time that the health authorities deal with this problem.
The report of the official journal in relation to your training compared to your goal. What is it to change for you ? What are the impacts on the following games in Paris ?
Paris, it is still quite distant. I’m on Tokyo. It is deferred over a period of a year it will have to do with it. But it’s going to be even more difficult because a year older it means even more hours of training. One is used to and knows why we do it. This is for the gold medal. It’s back to better jump. You need to stay positive. I’ve had news from the international federation, on the points, it will be reset to zero, and we are going to have to leave on the qualification tournaments. As soon as there is a top starting, I’ll be there, paying attention to the food safety standards.