Parisians Mbappé, Marquinhos, Hakimi and Kimpembe try their hand at judo during the Japan tour

It is the mecca of judo. The Kodokan is the dojo in which the Japanese Jigoro Kano created this sport in 1882. For judokas from all over the world, entering this modern building, bordered by a train track where it is difficult to imagine from the outside that nestles a tatami on the 7th floor, constitutes a highlight in a lifetime. Teddy Riner, triple Olympic champion and member of PSG Judo, has worn out his kimonos there and loves to come back.

The presence of the Parisian club on tour in Tokyo this week gave the opportunity to organize a meeting between Riner, Djamel Bouras the president of the PSG Judo section, Nasser Nechar, one of its leaders, two multiple Japanese Olympic champions in the discipline , Shohei Ono and Tadahiro Nomura and seven Parisian players: Marquinhos, Kylian Mbappé, Presnel Kimpembe, Thilo Kehrer, Juan Bernat, Achraf Hakimi and Mauro Icardi.

They started with a visit to the museum, with the exception of Mbappé and Kimpembe, who arrived a little later. Then, after putting on a kimono jacket, they were treated to a presentation of the rules by Kodokan teachers and a demonstration by the Japanese champions, before testing themselves against either Riner or Bouras, or Ono and Nomura. The experience visibly amused them. “It’s nice to meet up between sections of the club, it’s a moment of exchange, of sharing around judo here, in Japan, where this sport was born”welcomed Teddy Riner.

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