While all the selections from different countries are coming through for the participations at WEG in Tryon in September, France has been the biggest surprise of all times: the squad will not be participating. Here is the explanation. (cc: Chevalmag.com)
It is by way of press release that the French Equestrian Federation announced Wednesday evening, that “Following difficulties in the preparation of the squad “vaulting team”, after exchange with athletes and the technical support team, the French Equestrian Federation has made the choice to refocus the preparation and participation in the World Equestrian Games 2018 Tryon (USA) on individual vaulters.
An announcement which means that France will have no representatives in the team event. A situation all the more distressing as the French, used to medals – often gold – were amongst the favourites for this competition. Anthony Bro-Petit, who should have been part of the French squad, reacted on his Facebook account to this decision. The 25-year-old vaulter said he felt “bitterness, a taste of unfulfilled. Four years of hard work, four years of sweating, four years of ups and downs, I never thought that it would stop like this, so brutally […]. “Before concluding with a quote from Cameron Trammell, an American football player: “Win if you can, lose if you have to but never give up.”
However, France will still be represented in this discipline as several vaulters will participate in the individual events with, there again, hopes for medals.
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