David Douillet’s position in favor of the French Judo Federation in the case of Clarisse Agbegnenou’s kimono made the judoka jump.
The controversy does not deflate around Clarisse Agbegnenou. On Friday, the judoka took part in the Grand Siam in Tel Aviv with a Mizuno brand kimono, angering the leaders of the French Judo Federation. The judokas and judokates of the France team have indeed the obligation to fight with kimonos of the partner of the FFJ. However, Teddy Riner had fought with a kimono of his own brand, Fightart, during the recent Grand Slam of Paris. What provoke the anger and incomprehension of the world champion who denounced “an injustice”.
David Douillet, consultant for RMC, nevertheless gave his support to the Federation. “There is no big partner in the judo federation. We count the pennies, penny by penny. The budgets allocated to the French teams are constrained, tight”, he first explained, adding: “ A system has been in place for years, which is to have federal partners. These federal partners rely on the aura, publicity, notoriety of the French team and the results of judo. This notoriety translates into a financial mass which is used to equip the athletes, to make them travel, to prepare them, etc.
A lot of insulting things about me
“If you want to get out of this system, you have to talk about it with the federation. You have to negotiate. But you can’t have taken advantage of the system throughout your progress and say once you’re in the firmament: ‘I have a lot more money, I represent a lot more, let the others manage'”, he added, waiting for Clarisse Agbegnenou “that she manages on her own, that she buys her plane tickets, that she goes through the tennis system. »
The words of David Douillet were obviously not to the taste of the judoka from Champigny-sur-Marne, who reacted vehemently on Twitter. “David Douillet takes the liberty of saying a lot of insulting things about me, but this is not his first cavalier outing with regard to women…”, she wrote, before adding: “However, he just forgot to give an important piece of information. » All embellished with a screenshot of an article explaining that the company Double D, founded in 1994 by David Douillet and official licensee of Adidas. What inevitably skew the judgment of the former deputy.