Riner Signs To Head PSG Judo Program
French star Teddy Riner has signed a five-year contract to be the head of Paris Saint-Germain’s judo program.
The two time Olympic champion, who recently secured his ninth world title, and who also has won his last 138 matches, will help relaunch the judo section of the famous French club.
The 28-year-old trained with the club from its inception in 1992 before it was suspended 10 years later.
He will be tasked with recruiting young talent for the judo school to help the team’s main aim of developing a squad of athletes who are capable of representing France at international competitions.
“I am very happy to join the Paris Saint-Germain Judo and bring back the Red and Blue Judo,” Riner said.
“I am confident in the club’s ability to further develop my discipline through its high-level experience and its media appeal… We give ourselves several years to have results with titled judokas and others in the making.”
Paris Saint-Germain is mainly known for its football (soccer) club, who recently broke the world record transfer fee when they signed Brazilian star Neymar from Barcelona for €222 million (£200 million/$260 million) earlier this summer.
The club also has a women’s football team and men’s handball and has joined in on the ever growing world of e-sports.
Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al-Khelaifi said…
“The prospect of bringing Teddy Riner back to his training club and the possibility of reopening the prestigious book of judo at Paris Saint-Germain has excited us…”
“Being able to sign with the greatest champion of the discipline convinced us to create this new sports section that we will develop in the years to come…. We cannot wait to see him wearing our colours.”