A few hours before the broadcast of a documentary * on his months of training for the Tokyo Games, the multiple world champion and double Olympic medalist in judo told Franceinfo. He evokes in particular this “a little crazy year“, jostled by the coronavirus:”I’d rather stay alive than go to the Olympics It’s better for everyone that they’ve been postponed“.
And he explains his colossal ambition, his desire to win everything, to be “the recordman all categories“.
I want to be the one at the top. There is a Japanese who is a three-time Olympic champion, I want to be above him.
The Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021. Another full year to prepare, no matter what: “I started the high level in 2004. So inevitably there is wear and tear, there is not a lot of cartilage in the joints, it creaks … But we clench our teeth, it has to hold on !”
* The documentary “Teddy” will be broadcast Monday July 20 at 9:05 pm on France 3, in partnership with franceinfo.