Greece's athlete Katrina Stephanidi said- IOC wants us to train by endangering the health of ourselves and family
IOC members were also unhappy with the attitude of the association, said – insisting on the decision to hold the Olympics in such an environment is insensitive and irresponsible
IOC President and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that the Tokyo Games will be held between July 24 and August 9 as per the schedule.
Dainik Bhaskar Mar 18, 2020, 01:25 PM IST Sports Desk. Despite the growing threat of coronavirus, the International Olympic Association (IOC) is determined to hold the Tokyo Olympics between July 24 and August 9, according to the schedule. Players and IOC members are now openly opposing this decision. Greece's athlete and Olympic pole vault champion Katrina Stefanidi and Britain's heptathlete Katrina Johnson have expressed concerns about this. Stephanidi tweeted that the IOC wants us to train by endangering our own and family's health. You are not endangering players from now, 4 months later.
He further said that it is really surprising. What will happen to the players who are associated with team sports? What will happen to swimming and gymnastics? Its players have to practice together. In such a situation, they are most likely to be infected. British athlete Johnson also endorsed the Greek athlete's point of view, saying that the IOC, despite knowing everything, is putting the players in danger. I feel the pressure of training myself. It is difficult for me to prepare myself for these games in such an environment. He also criticized the Olympic Association's statement that athletes should continue their training.
This is not about how things will be in 4 months. This is about how things are now. The IOC wants us to keep risking our health, our family’s health and public health to train every day? You are putting us in danger right now, today, not in 4 months.https: //t.co/cICKVQ4qsZ
– Katerina Stefanidi (@KatStefanidi) March 17, 2020
IOC member warns this crisis is bigger than Olympic, while one member of IOC has expressed displeasure over the stand of Olympic Association. He said that this behavior of the IOC is insensitive and irresponsible. Because among the deaths due to this virus, players are scared and nervous about training. Canada's IOC member and 4-time ice hockey winner Hailey Wickenheiser also warned that the crisis is bigger than the Olympics. From an athlete's perspective, I can only understand what the players must have been going through. I stand by him in this difficult situation. I think it is insensitive and irresponsible to insist on the IOC's decision to conduct the Olympics in such an environment.
The Olympic qualifier event of gymnastics in Tokyo can be canceled by IOC lakh claims, but the suspicion of holding the Tokyo Olympics as per schedule is increasing. On Wednesday itself, the Olympic qualifier event of gymnastics in Tokyo was canceled. A day earlier, Deputy Chief of Japan's Olympic Committee was found infected with coronavirus. Despite this, the IOC said that there is no need to panic, there is no such situation that any major decision should be taken in some way.
Coronavirus infections exceeded 2 lakhs
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