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Teddy Riner: Most revered French Olympic sports champion becomes Honorary Ambassador for Reunion Island

Teddy Riner: Most revered French Olympic sports champion becomes Honorary Ambassador for Reunion Island ( Teddy Riner, French judo legend and record holder of individual men’s world titles, spent a week on Reunion Island discovering the island destination. And today, the judoka has added a new title to his already rich track record: that of Honorary Ambassador of Reunion Island.

On Saturday, February 14, 2015, judoka Teddy Riner received from the President of Reunion Island Tourism (IRT), Patrick Serveaux, the distinction of Honorary Ambassador of Reunion Island. The choice of appointment was obvious. Being an Olympic champion in 2012 in London and one of the most revered French athletes in 2014, Riner is undeniably an exceptional communication tool for Reunion Island.

Each trip Rinder makes to the island is a real event, as it is relayed in the media and in sports at the national level, as well as through social networks. For example, photos of Teddy Riner on Reunion iland were posted on his Facebook page, and reached nearly 17,000 “likes" in each publication. This is an opportunity to grasp, in terms of visibility for the destination of Reunion Island, which positions itself as a welcoming location for training of elite athletes.

The successor of David Douillet for headlining French Judo and sports among the most popular of his country, the champion set his bags on the Reunion Island for a week of rather intense activities. The program of his stay on Reunion Island included flying over the island by helicopter, his first paragliding experience, Flyboarding, riding a quad, demonstrations, sports training, and meetings with the local public. With a rich week, the judo champion, Teddy Riner, lived a journey of emotions on Reunion Island.

About Teddy Riner

At 25, the French judoka, Teddy Riner, has racked up an impressive record. When he became the youngest heavyweight champion of Europe in 2007, and the youngest male world champion, the athlete continued to find success.

Evolving in the category of over 100 kg (heavyweight), the young Guadeloupean holds a record with seven pocket world champion titles, and also the Olympic title in London in 2012, a bronze medal in Beijing in 2008, and four times as a European champion. Since 2010, the global judo legend remains undefeated, with 65 fights without defeat.

MEDIA CONTACT: Evelyne Coustillat, Reunion Island Tourism, Phone: +262 (0)262 90 83 69, Fax: +262 (0)262 21 00 21,

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