France skipper Dupont named Top 14 player of the season, will make 'sacrifices' for Olympics bid
France captain Antoine Dupont said on Monday he will have to make "sacrifices" if he is to feature for his country at next year's Olympic Games in Paris.
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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.
The 27-year-old is set to join France's sevens squad in January before World Rugby sevens circuit events in Vancouver on 23-24 February and Los Angeles on 2-3 March.
"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.
Bientôt plus assez de place pour tous ces trophées @Dupont9A ??#NuitDuRugby pic.twitter.com/1ptFvGGeub
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.
The scrumhalf pipped France team-mate and La Rochelle No 8 Greg Alldritt as well as Bayonne's former Les Bleus flyhalf Camille Lopez to the award during a glamorous ceremony in the French capital.
French rugby's poster boy Dupont has played two Toulouse games since hosts France were knocked out of the Rugby World Cup by eventual winners South Africa.
La star de la soirée en coulisse ??#NuitDuRugby pic.twitter.com/YiWgph8h77
The men's sevens at the Olympics will be held at the Stade de