Karate : He retired 17 years ago, he dreams to be in the 2020 Olympics. Episode 4

Christophe Pinna : « I analyse the new techniques on the Net »

Christophe Pinna : « Se faire mal pour savoir si… »

The qualifications for the 2020 Olympic Games will start on January 2018 by the Paris Open. At present, Christophe Pinna, who attempts a comeback at 48 years old, is a long way from ready. His body betrayed him during the spring. Injuries had handicapped him. But he is back. Time has come for the serious stuff. In September, he will take a step up. He gives us his method.

 

By Ludovic Mauchien

 

Karate : he makes a comeback at 48 years old to participate to the 2020 Games. Episode 3

Christophe Pinna : « Make way for the young… No ! Make way for the best »

Christophe Pinna : « Se faire mal pour savoir si… »

To make a comeback at 48 years old, 17 years after one’s last fight, looks like a crazy challenge. Of course, it’s a daring bet and, of course, there is no shortage of people who are sceptical and even critical. PR stunt of a big ego ? Or courage to pursue his ideas and passion from beginning to end ? Christophe Pinna answers…

 

By Ludovic Mauchien

 

Karate : He rediscovers competition 17 years after. Episode 2

Christophe Pinna : « I was one of the best. I am now a rookie »

Christophe Pinna : « Se faire mal pour savoir si… »

At 48 years old, Christophe Pinna wishes to dash into the Olympic adventure ! After the phase 1 of his project completed at the end of 2016, when intensive trainings and injuries cohabited, it’s time to rediscover competition.

17 years after his 4th World title, the Frenchman explores a new world. Who else could speak better of the Karate’s evolution than him ? He makes it in his own way, through his 1st experiences and his feelings. Amazing !...

 

By Ludovic Mauchien

 

Karate : he makes a comeback at 48 years old to participate to the 2020 Games. Episode 1

Christophe Pinna : « First, hurt myself to know if… »

Christophe Pinna : « Se faire mal pour savoir si… »

His dream is beautiful, his bet is unrealistic. At 48 years old, 17 years after his last fight, he dashes into the Olympic adventure ! He, that’s Christophe Pinna, 4 times World champion, 6 times European one and 2 times winner of a World Cup.

The challenge is crazy but the Frenchman had so much dreamt of the Olympic Games that he wished to go at the end of the story rather than regret on his sofa if he didn’t try to get the Holy Grail.

His true motivations, his new feelings, his 1st impressions... The Christophe Pinna saga told in 4 episodes. 1st opus : his early motivation.

 

By Ludovic Mauchien

 

Judo : the French team for the World Championships (August 28th –September 3rd)

Teddy Riner will be the French leader in Budapest

Equipe de France Judo Mondes 2017 FFJudo

One year after his 2nd Olympic Gold medal, Teddy Riner (+100 kg) will try to win his 9th World title at World Championships in Budapest, Hungary (August 28th –September 3rd). He will lead a rejuvenated French team revealed on June 6th, in which neither Loic Pietri (-90 kg), nor Loic Korval (-73 kg) appear.

Concerning the female, Emilie Andeol (+78 kg), also gold medallist in Rio last year, will try to go and get her 1st World title. On their side, Clarisse Agbegnenou (-63 kg) and Audrey Tcheumeo (-78 kg) aim to win her 2nd one.

 

By Ludovic Mauchien

Judo : Bronze medallist at the Rio Olympic Games (+100 kg)

Or Sasson : « Against Teddy, I changed my tactic »

Or Sasson : « Contre Teddy, j’ai changé ma tactique »

In Rio, he almost impeached King Teddy during a powerful arm-wrestling. It was in the ½ final. But he finally gave in, because of a Waza-ari taken at the last second. The Israeli Or Sasson (+100 kg) left Brazil with a beautiful Olympic bronze medal, that follows his 2 European silver ones (2015 and 2016). And he doesn’t plan to end his story at this point…

By Ludovic Mauchien

Boxing : We met former WBO light-welterweight World champion

Chris Algieri : « We prepare for months, we have 1 hour to shine »

Chris Algieri adidas boxing

Light-welterweight World champion (WBO) in June 2014, thanks to his victory over Russian Provodnikov, Chris Algieri (21-3) then tried his luck in the welterweight division.

Last February, the US champion announced that he was moving back down to the 140 pounds division after 3 losses over 4 fights, 2 of them against… Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan (!).

Member of the Daniel Jacobs’ Team for his fight against Golovkin mid-March, Chris Algieri trained very hard meanwhile. He is ready to fight !

 

By Ludovic Mauchien

 

Karate : President of the Azerbaijan federation

Yashar Bashirov : « We expect some medals in the Olympic Games »

rafael aghayev adidas karate

Azerbaijan is the home of Rafael Aghayev, the unique 5 times World individual champion in history. It’s also the n°5 World and n°3 European country in 2016.

With Mamayev, Aliyev, Atamov, Gurbanli, Irina Zaretska…, the fighters of the « Land of Fire » inflame mats for a decade or so.

At the European championships in Kocaeli, we met Yashar Bashirov, the president of the Karate Azerbaijan Federation. He enlightens us on it…

 

By Ludovic Mauchien

 

Karate / European Championships : final results

Turkey, the Queen of Europe

Karaté : Championnats d’Europe / Tous les résultats

The tendancy was confirmed on Sunday for the last day of the 52nd European Championships held in Kocaeli. Turkay, by winning over France in the Team Kumite final, established its European leadership. With 13 medals (4 Gold, 4 silver, 5 bronze), it even largely dominated the other nations.

Just behind it, Italy is back on the podium for the 1st time since 2014. Spain, which finishes 3rd, can thank its Kata troops, which brings its 4 medals, including 3 gold.

France finally ranks 5th with only one gold medal (Anne-Laure Florentin) after its 2 defats in Sunday’s fials (male kumite team and female kata team). That’s its worst ranking since 2014.

We should notice that this 2017 edition was quite particular. First, because it comes after a World championship and, as usual, time has come to renew teams and test young karatekas. Secondly, it was the last big competition before the setting up of the Olympic ranking which will start at the beginning of 2018 by the Paris Open. Many countries have already start their renewal in order to see Tokyo.

 

By our special correspondent in Kocaeli (Turkey), Ludovic Mauchien

Karate : European Championships / Male Team Kata

The French Kata team in bronze

Kata par équipe masculin

They obviously came to Kocaeli to win the Gold medal. Running European champions, silver medallists in the World championships, Lucas Jeannot, Ahmed Zemouri and Enzo Montarello recovered from their disappointment of their 1st round lose to go and get the bronze, their 4th medal in four occurences. The trait of great champions.

 

By our special correspondant in Kocaeli (Turkey), Ludovic Mauchien