The 2020 Video games had been delayed till “no later than summer season 2021” as a result of coronavirus. © AFP
The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic could have “no influence” on the Paris Video games, which can go forward as scheduled in “summer season 2024”, the pinnacle of the organising committee Tony Estanguet instructed AFP on Tuesday. The 2020 Video games had been delayed till “no later than summer season 2021” by the IOC and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier on Tuesday, however Estanguet stated the primary postponement of an Olympics throughout peacetime wouldn’t have an effect on the Paris version, which can now be staged three years after the Tokyo occasion. “The 2024 Video games can be held in the summertime of 2024. There isn’t a influence on the date,” stated the three-time Olympic canoeing champion.
The Olympics had been as a result of be held from July 24-August 9 this yr, nevertheless it was deemed too harmful to carry it as deliberate because of the pandemic which has claimed the lives of virtually 7,000 folks worldwide.
“It was the most effective resolution for the athletes, for all of the gamers within the Video games,” added Estanguet.
“I consider that the Video games should keep of their place.
“We’re actually advancing on our personal preparation plan. Every state of affairs within the Video games is totally different. We shouldn’t have the identical infrastructure to construct.
“We’re advancing on our schedule independently of that of Tokyo.”
The Olympics grew to become the highest-profile of an extended record of sporting occasions hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, with soccer’s Euro 2020 additionally postponed till subsequent yr, whereas nearly all of world worldwide sport has been placed on maintain.