Absent from the 2022 Worlds due to injury, Teddy Riner has since resumed training and is currently training in Japan before returning to competition at the end of November.
As 2023 is fast approaching, Teddy Riner hopes to finish the current year strong. Hit in the right ankle during an internship in Morocco last August, the Frenchman had because of this was the big absentee from the tricolor delegation during the 2022 Worlds in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), in October. Recovered from his wound, the judoka with many titles is currently preparing his return to competition at the end of the year. Indeed, “his ankle is holding up well”, notably recently confided Franck Chambily. Thus, it is almost logical that Riner chose to fly to Japan, where he is currently on an internship in Nara prefecture, until November 11. “We chose Tenri because the intensity is a little lower than in Tokyo. Teddy has really taken over the randoris (sparring fights) in Japan. He only had one session before leaving “, also explained the French coach, in remarks collected by L’Equipe.
Two tournaments to end 2022?
“These are not too well-known academics. There are about ten partners over 100 kg who don’t hesitate to come and get Teddy. It’s happiness for us. Before coming to Japan, after two months without judo, Teddy had done a lot of technique; there, we do six to seven randoris per session, each one lasts seven minutes. It’s a little weird when you cut for so long, but you have to get back to it, ”said Chambily, who is watching the return to form of the one who has three gold medals at the Olympic Games, including one by teams. If all goes well by then, Riner could then play two tournaments in the coming weeks. “He made the Champions League with his club on November 26 (in Gori, Georgia), said the French coach. And after ? We will take stock after this competition. “Before the end of year celebrations, the Guadeloupe could indeed participate in the Masters in Jerusalem (December 20-22).