“Can you tell me which sport really developed because of an event? None. It’s a champion who pushes the young people and develops the sport” Riboud said. “That’s what Yannick Noah Roland Garros and Jean-Claude Killy did. We need a champion. Perhaps it’s crazy but that’s the thing we have to dream about it.”
Tadd Fujikawa has inspired golf fans since he qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open at just 15 years old. He’s now breaking new ground off the course. On Tuesday Fujikawa became the first professional golfer to come out publicly as gay hoping to serve as “an inspiration and making a difference in someone’s life.”
Riboud believes that a French champion “at the same level of Tiger Woods” is what is needed to change the culture in France. There are no French players on the European Ryder Cup team and the only French golfer to have won a men’s major championship did so in 1907. Two French women have won LPGA majors in 2003 and 1967.