The double olympic judo champion said never to have been a victim of racism so far, and wants to take advantage of its reputation for “conveying messages”. franceinfo
Racist graffiti discovered on the photos of the athletes of the olympic Games in Rio… It was on the 28th of June last on the outer railings of the Insep (institute of forming high-level athletes), in the heart of the bois de Vincennes. Among the portraits vandalized, the one of Teddy Riner.
The double olympic judo champion had reacted by posting such on social networks a photo in which he serves in his arms a judoka white, with this message: “All united against the hatred”. Interviewed Friday, July 10, on franceinfo, it indicates that they have published this picture to denounce racism. “We are in the Twenty-first century it is not normal that things like that happen. It must not be, and even less to the Sport”, he defended.
“This is the first time I saw it”
For Teddy Riner, “in sport, there is already a lot at the shelter” of racism. “It also helps to communicate values, when I publish this photo, it is to say that it is all White, Black, Yellow,” he explains.
“This is the first time I saw it, in fact,”says to franceinfo the judoka of 31 years. Even if he said not to have been “met personally” by these inscriptions racist, even going so far as to say “it doesn’t do anything to me”, the athlete native of Guadeloupe believes “that we should not let this go”.
We are all together, we are united and we do not let pass these things
For Teddy Riner, top-level athletes must make themselves heard on subjects such as the fight against racism : “When one has an image, when it is in front of the stage and that he is a public figure, it is necessary to use this to pass messages”, he said.