Tokyo (dpa) – disabled athlete Denise Schindler (34) has asked for the Paralympics to be relocated.
“It is irresponsible to hold us athletes for a long time,” said the cyclist to the magazine “Bunte” and emphasized: “Games during a worldwide spread of the corona virus contradict the Olympic spirit, which is just about bringing people together into the world. Under these circumstances, the games cannot become a festival. Social responsibility towards the whole world calls for a refusal. »
So far, the organizers are sticking to the plans to host the Olympics from July 24 to August 9 and the Paralympics from August 25 to September 6 in Japan’s capital Tokyo.
There will inevitably be contagions among thousands of athletes and many supervisors in the Olympic Village, said Schindler. “I fear an unwanted corona party and then a second wave when the athletes return to their countries.”
The three-time medalist at Paralympics spoke out in favor of moving to the coming year: «My sporting goals have always been my top priority, but now we athletes all have to do their part. Personal ambitions for gold, silver and bronze must now be left behind. »