Riner to miss the World’s again

Riner has not competed in the World's since 2017.

Judo fans hoping to catch a glimpse of Teddy Riner at the Tashkent World Championships will be disappointed to hear that he will be giving the World’s a miss.

JudoInside reports that Riner, who rarely competes these days, suffered an ankle injury last month and has decided to pull out of the World Championships.

Although Riner did compete in the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, he has not competed in a World Championships since 2017. He missed the World’s in 2018, 2019 and 2021. And now, he will miss the one in 2022 as well.

Shohei Ono, another great champion who rarely competes these days, will also be missing from Tashkent. He was recovering from injury during the Japanese trials and skipped the qualification event so Soichi Hashimoto will be competing instead at -73kg.

Ono has not competed in any international events since the Tokyo Olympic Games.