Paris, Mar 23:
The president of the French Athletics Federation on Sunday said he did not understand why the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was refusing to postpone the Tokyo Olympics in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Andre Giraud joined a swelling chorus of objections when he told a news agency that the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) must “take a stand”.
He said that the IOC should already be thinking of what he called “Plan C”, a postponement to 2021.
“It cannot be accepted that the IOC is not listening to the number one Olympic sport,” Giraud said.
“Everyone agrees that the Games cannot be held on the dates planned.” “If the crisis is contained by the end of May, we can envisage a postponement of the Games to the autumn. But Plan C would be a six-month or one-year postponement.
“How can we bring together 11,000 athletes in less than four months in the Olympic village? The athletes are in a stressful situation and we need to reassure them. We can’t wait any longer.
Giraud also called CNOSF President Denis Masseglie to act.