PARIS, July 22 (Xinhua) — French athletes will certainly catch some eyes on the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Video games, scheduled from July 23 to August 8, because the capital of the nation will host the subsequent Summer time Olympics in 2024.
A complete of 378 athletes, 212 males and 166 ladies, will signify France to compete in 31 sports activities in Tokyo, together with the 4 newly-added occasions: browsing, skateboarding, climbing and karate.
Claude Onesta, the supervisor of excessive efficiency on the Nationwide Sports activities Company (ANS), reveals that Workforce France goals for the same final result from the Rio 2016 Video games.
“The dearth of research for our athletes and the competitions makes the projections much more unsure,” Onesta stated earlier this month. “We might be at an equal stage to that in Rio, round 40 medals.”
The Blues received 42 medals 5 years in the past in Brazil, with 399 athletes – 10 gold, 18 silver and 14 bronze, which was their finest post-war report.
Nevertheless, the ambition is much past this.
As Paris goes to host the Olympic Video games for the third time three years later, the nation is biding to enhance its standing within the medals standings and for this reason ANS was established in 2019.
This new sports activities governing physique was cut up into two sub-divisions, considered one of which managed the event of sports activities follow and the opposite elite efficiency. Onesta, the previous head coach of the wonderful French handball staff, was appointed the pinnacle of the excessive stage efficiency division.
The objective of the excessive stage efficiency division is to determine the potential Olympic medalists and guarantee monetary assist for them to arrange for the Video games. There are already 404 athletes which have been included in this system, as every of them can get a minimal earnings of 40,000 euros per 12 months.
So, Tokyo 2020, to some extent, is only a warm-up for the French delegation, and Onesta has revealed their goal for Paris 2024 – double the medals tally to 80.
In Tokyo, handball is considered one of some sports activities that France can place the title hope on, with each the lads’s and girls’s groups are the principle contenders for a medal and even the gold.
Nicknamed “Les Consultants,” the lads’s staff received two straight golds at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, earlier than dropping to Denmark within the last of Rio 2016. Though they solely ranked fourth on the world championships earlier this 12 months in Egypt, no person can look down upon them relating to the Olympic stage. France will tackle European champions Spain, in addition to Argentina, Brazil, Germany and Norway in Group A.
On the ladies’s facet, the Rio 2016 runners-up have proven their consistency over the previous 5 years, successful the world championship title and Euro title. With Olivier Krumbholz on the helm, all people is aware of what to anticipate from France; a pointy protection, devastating quick breaks and low-scoring video games, but few groups have deciphered their blueprint and crushed “Les Bleues” prior to now years.
French athletes have received 716 medals on the Summer time Olympic Video games, with fencing and biking as the highest medal-producing sports activities. In Tokyo, the fencers and cyclists are bidding so as to add extra titles to the honors checklist.
The French fencing staff is the title favorites for males’s staff foil and epee, and girls’s staff foil and sabre. The 29-year-old Lefort Enzo will attempt to clinch a medal in particular person foil.
In biking, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and her younger teammate Loana Lecomte are very more likely to carry a gold in cross-country racing.
Judo is one other sport which French athletes are value wanting ahead to because the flag bearer on the opening ceremony Clarisse Agbegnenou and two-time Olympic champion Teddy Riner are each title favorites of their class.
And remember soccer, the 1984 Olympic champions wish to seize one other gold this summer time in Tokyo. Even with out World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe, the French staff are nonetheless robust contenders with Malang Sarr and Jonathan within the facet, in addition to skilled Florian Thauvin.