France Skipper Dupont To Make 'sacrifices' For Olympics Bid
Sumaira FH Published November 21, 2023 | 02:10 AM
Paris, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Nov, 2023) France captain Antoine Dupont said on Monday he will have to make "sacrifices" to feature for his country at next year's Olympic Games in Paris.
Last week, it was announced he would miss the Six Nations and a chunk of the club season to focus on preparing to play seven-a-side rugby at the Games.
"It's been a while that discussions have been underway for me to be made available for this team," Dupont told Canal+ after being named the Top 14's player of the season.
"We'll have to adjust things, I won't be able to play all the matches every weekend until the end of the season.
"Competing for an Olympic medal is really motivating.
"Sacrifices will have to be made to be able to spend time with the team," he added.
Dupont, 27, collected his second player of the year award - he also won in 2021 - having helping his club Toulouse to a record-extending 22nd French championship.
Former Australia captain Michael Hooper will also be bidding for a place at the sevens tournament.
In the other categories at the Top 14 awards ceremony, Dupont's Toulouse boss Ugo Mola won the prize for the coach of the season and Pau's 20-year-old centre Emilien Gailleton claimed the breakthrough player of the year award.