in the deadlock in the DRC, double African champion Marie Branser is looking to the future

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Marie Branser, Congolese judoka, of German descent, said she was disappointed by the DRC judo federation. Since the Tokyo Games in the summer of 2021, the double champion in Africa has not competed in any competition, due to lack of support.

Nichts, zero. Since the Tokyo Olympics eight months ago, Congolese judoka Marie Branser has had no competition on her schedule. Marie Branser, 29, first turned to the Congolese Judo Federation (Fenacoju), paralyzed by an internal conflict, and then to the Congolese Olympic Committee. He even met Sports Minister Serge Chembo Khonde and the African Judo Union. But nothing helps, his situation is completely blocked, no one cares about his career. He was not registered in any competition.

The native of Leipzig (Germany) is now wondering how to participate in the next African Judo Championships from May 26 to 29 in Oran, Algeria. ” For months I was trying to find a solution “, he said into the RFI microphone. A real cry from the heart. However, Marie Branser was the first Congolese judoka to return two African champion titles at less than 78 kg in the DRC.

The meeting with the Minister of Sports was still not successful

More importantly, his participation in the Paris Olympics in 2024 could be compromised if he doesn’t find his way to tatami soon. ” I train twice a day for the African Championships. I also want to make a medal in Paris. But I need to have someone to register with the competitions and do the logistics and the payment “, he explains. And asks” a quick fix “.

If the Minister of Sports assured her that she would have support, Marie Branser was afraid to see time disappear under her feet. ” At the end of March, I was in the DRC. But nothing has changed since then. I don’t want to wait any longer and if I have to change my nationality, I will “says one who has to pay part of his expenses in Tokyo, like his coach.” I’m not doing this for money, but I can’t afford to go on without the money. If the DRC doesn’t want to continue with me, I’ll hear it. But I need answers. I want to fight the DRC, but if it doesn’t work, I have to find another solution. I’m sorry for changing countries, but I can’t go on without money. It is urgent. To tell me the DRC if it can’t support me “, He pressed.

Score points in the international rankings

In Tokyo, Marie Branser was eliminated by Russian Alexandra Babinteva in the round of 16. “ I’m going to pause now and think about everything that happened, all the problems I had to deal with, all the money I spent on judo. Because I put money in for all the fights I participated in. I cried non -stop because I just wanted to be able to work seriously. But when there are people who aren’t serious, that’s not what happens. If those concerned want results, we need to work together. My family and friends are very supportive of me. I am also grateful to my sponsors in Kinshasa. But it also requires work from our Judo Federation and Olympic Committee. Because if I don’t, I can’t continue. I no longer have the money and energy to handle it all “, he advanced at that time to the RFI microphone.

To qualify for qualification for Paris 2024, Marie Branser must start scoring points in the international rankings. He should return to participating in international competitions as soon as possible. In Germany, Marie Branser won nine European Cup medals and bronze at the European Open in Glasgow. He also won four medals at German championships and was a multiple -time university champion. Judoka has not melted down its disqualification for the 2019 Düsseldorf Grand Slam, an international tournament. He then took the necessary steps to become a naturalized Congolese.

Marie Branser interview collected by Eric Mamruth

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