Souleymane Cissokho withdraws from the Olympic qualifying tournament

In order to have surgery on his right hand, Souleymane Cissokho withdrew from the tournament from February 3 to 5 in Saint-Quentin (Aisne). This competition is intended to designate the French people who will compete in the first qualifying event for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games: the European Games (June 21-July 2, 2023, Krakow, Poland).

Bronze medalist in -69 kg at the Rio Games in 2016, before turning professional and winning his sixteen fights, the last against the South African Tulani Mbengeon December 17 in Nantes, Cissokho, number 5 WBC welterweight (-66.678 kg), should have played this tournament at -71 kg.

“Against Mbenge, I entered the ring with a 50% consolidated fracture, explains the Parisian (31 years old). And during the fight, I had another fracture. So that it doesn’t get worse, my doctor doesn’t want me to rebox so soon. And I have an appointment this Thursday with my surgeon to fix the date of a small intervention. The recovery will not be very long. If no Frenchman qualifies in June for the Games at -71 kg, I hope to play the second Olympic qualifying tournament. And great things await me in the professionals. »

Three other Rio 2016 medalists, also professionals, will compete in the Saint-Quentin tournament: champion Estelle Mossely (-60 kg), vice-champion Sofiane Oumiha (-60 kg, he will progress to – 63.5 kg) and the bronze medalist Mathieu Bauderlique (-81 kg).

Since 2016 for men and since 2020 for women, professionals have been admitted to the Olympic Games.

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