« We had to invest already seven years back in sport »

On Monday evening, the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic medalists were received by Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée. After congratulating the hundred medalists present, the President of the Republic expressed a touch of regret about the results of the French delegation (33 medals against 42 in Rio four years earlier). « The overall results of these Olympic Games are not quite what we expected. In some sports it is even mixed. And we can’t build a success if we don’t tell each other the truth“, He said, less than three years before the Paris Games.

« The success of the Games will be the success of our athletes because it works like that (…) “We have to do a lot more, because these are our Games, at home, we are expected« , Added Macron without setting a quantified objective but specifying that he wanted to see France »in the top 5Of the ranking of nations. Before the ceremony, Teddy Riner, double medalist in Japan (individual bronze, team gold), had tempered expectations. « Saying that we are going to win 90 medals in Paris 2024, no! It was necessary to invest already seven years back in sport, massively. Confront our youth internationally. So, we can always hide behind the Covid …« , Slipped the legend of judo in a sequence broadcast on Tuesday in Daily. Manager of the high performance of the France team for Paris 2024, Claude Onesta described him as « disappointing»The tricolor record in Tokyo.

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