Lord Coe admits that every sport should be flexible in finding a new date for the Tokyo Olympics and recognizes that athletes may not be able to do their best in the spring
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World Athletics President Lord Coe admitted that every sport should be flexible in finding a new date for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, but seemed to point out that a spring game wouldn’t be ideal for athletics.
The Games have been delayed until next Tuesday due to the acceleration of the coronavirus pandemic around the world.
The task force looking at alternative data held a meeting with the 33 international Olympic sports federations on Thursday to gather some initial feedback, and while Coe said every sport should have an open mind, he accepted an event in April or May. be a challenge for an athlete.
IAAF President, Lord Coe, says that every sport must be flexible in resisting the Olympics
He said, “I think the only overwhelming view around the table was,” Look, we probably won’t get a solution that gets the approval of every sport, but there has to be an element of flexibility. “
‘I am more inclined to let the IOC continue with that deep dive. I think there is an acknowledgment that the decision should be made as soon as possible because the athletes and the federations will always be looking for clarity. ‘
When told that athletes can seldom perform at their best in the spring, Coe said, “I wouldn’t disagree.”
The next World Championships in Athletics will take place in Eugene, Oregon in August 2021, which would pose a problem if the Games were scheduled for the summer.
Coe said the organizers of the championships were open to discussions about the planning of that event, which could be moved to 2022.
“At this stage it is fair to say that there is nothing on the table, nothing off the table,” he said.
But it is clearly an advantage in athletics not to have Olympic and World Championships in the same year.
“We have had good discussions with Oregon and what I can report is that Oregon is very clear that they will do everything they can to assist in our deliberations on this.
“No hard and fast decisions have been made. It may well be one of the options to move to 2022, but that’s where our discussions are now taking place. ‘
Coe showed enormous sympathy for the Tokyo organizers after leading the delivery of the 2012 London Games.
“By the time you get to the end of that seven-year journey, your teams will be empty, and that includes the president all the way through the organization,” he said.
“I hope there is an acknowledgment that exhaustion is accompanied by enormous disappointment. It was the right decision, but if I chaired an organizing committee under those circumstances, I would like to see how I would take some of that exhaustion out of my teams before they gather for another year of delivery.
“For me, that would be the most important thing for me – managing the exhaustion and disappointment that all come together in a perfect storm.
“I’m sure the Tokyo Organizing Committee will think about that.”