Emmanuel Macron received the Olympic and Paralympic medalists from Tokyo to “celebrate” and “prepare” the Paris 2024 Olympics, Games “at home” where it will be necessary to “do a lot more” in terms of medals – VIDEO
The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron received, Monday evening, the Olympic and Paralympic medalists from Tokyo to “celebrate” and “prepare” the Paris 2024 Olympics, Games “at home” where it will be necessary to “do much more” in terms of medals. Champions including, of course, the Brestoises of the French women’s handball team, titled this summer.
In front of more than a hundred medalists, some not being able to be there like the French volleyball players, who lost their round of 16 of the Euro, the President of the Republic reviewed the best moments of the Tokyo Games in front of the presidential candidate and PS mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and another candidate, the president of the region Valérie Pécresse.
“Not the results we expected”
But, he admitted, “ the balance sheet is not quite what we expected, ”he said, less than three years before the Paris Games. The France team remained in Tokyo below its objectives and standards with 33 medals after 42 in Rio.
“The success of the Games will be the success of our athletes because it works like that”, he insisted Monday evening in front of the sportsmen and the leaders of the French sport, before decorating the sportsmen of the Legion of honor or of the National Order of Merit.
“We have to do a lot more, because these are our Games, at home, we are expected”, setting the objective of integrating “the top 5” but without giving any other number. He promised that the State would not fail to support French athletes, recalling the current philosophy of “concentrating our efforts on disciplines with high potential”.
Triple Olympic champion, the judoka Teddy Riner, regular of the place – he is coming for the “fourth time” – explained when arriving at the ceremony that it was always a “great honor” and “great pride”.
Asked about Emmanuel Macron’s promise to make France a “sporting nation” for the Paris 2024 Olympics, the judoka replied: “France is a great sporting nation, but to think that we are going to win 90 medals at Paris 2024, no. You have to do a lot more things to claim 90 medalists in 3 years ”.