Düsseldorf (AP) – German athletics president Jürgen Kessing expects the International Olympic Committee to take a decision similar to that of the European Football Association UEFA in view of the widening coronavirus pandemic.
“I would have liked to have followed the example of football and, like the European Championship, also postponed the Olympic Games in Tokyo by a year,” he told the German press agency.
In general, he insists that the IOC quickly ensure clear conditions “despite economic constraints”. Sport wants a clear decision quickly. It cannot be assumed that the pandemic will be over in four months, »said the mayor of the city of Bietigheim-Bissingen in Baden-Württemberg.
The Olympic qualification of the athletes is particularly affected, even if results and achievements from the previous year are used in some disciplines. “That is not enough, it is becoming increasingly difficult,” said Kessing. “There are big problems with training and periodization.”