VIDEO. “I took a lot of pleasure” in confinement, confesses Teddy Riner, guest of the “20 hours” of France 2

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The confinement was not so painful for everyone. Guest of the “20 heures” of France 2, the double Olympic heavyweight judo champion and ten-time world champion Teddy Riner has confessed had a lot of fun “ at this period of constraint imposed by the Covid-19 epidemic, even if he recognizes that it has been difficult for others.

The champion indicates having taken advantage of his time “only”, but also with his children, and was able to train without problem. He even took advantage of the period to lose “more than 10 kg”, in order to return to its healthy weight.

“I was ready, when confinement arrived I was starting to be at my best”, he also said, five months after his first defeat in almost 10 years, at the Paris tournament in early February. How did he react to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games, during which he was aiming for a third coronation? “It’s going backwards to jump better”, he believes nevertheless, as he announced that he would retire following the competition.

Asked about the racist inscriptions discovered in the premises of l’National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance (Insep), in particular on his portrait, Teddy Riner estimated “It’s a shame that in the 21st century we are still there”.

The documentary “Teddy” will be broadcast Sunday evening at 9:05 pm on France 3. From his gradual return to training at the end of 2018 after a sabbatical, to the confinement and postponement of the 2020 Olympics to the summer of 2021, the double Olympic champion and looks back on the period he considers “the most difficult of (his) career”.



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