Sport Hartung: Cancellation of the summer games would be the "worst case" - but there must be no alternative
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Top realm Max Hartung sees a possible complete cancellation of the Olympic Games in Tokyo planned for the summer as the "worst case".
Top real Max Hartung sees a possible complete cancellation of the Olympic Games in Tokyo planned for the summer as a "worst case". For him personally "and for many other athletes" this would be "a tragedy," said the president of the Athletes Germany Association in an interview with Der Spiegel.
However, another postponement is "difficult to imagine. The performance of the qualified athletes is then already up to three years old. That is an eternity in the lifetime of an athlete." In Corona times, however,
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Hartung takes a differentiated look at the possibility of holding it one year after the planned date in summer 2020. "I really want it," said the 31-year-old: "But only at the moment when you have a clear conscience I want to compete in Olympics for which I have qualified. But I don't want to endanger other people's lives. "
Hartung is bitterly opposed to the communication policy of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the insistence on an event reminds him of the situation a year ago. In the end, the games were postponed at the time, but it did not result in a "different approach" to the situation: "It feels more like the second performance of a play."
He does not understand "this lack of alternatives", says Hartung: "I would feel more comfortable if the cards are played with open cards. According to the motto: We do not know exactly what will happen, we observe the following parameters, and we want (.. .) Make the most of this difficult situation. "
All in all, Hartung is "disappointed" by the so-called playbook, a collection of rules of conduct that the IOC has issued to the athletes. Details about the options for preparing for competitions on site were still completely missing.
This also applies to questions about flexibility in the schedule and the composition of the bubbles: "I don't like to imagine missing my competitions because of an infection or quarantine in Japan after five years of preparation." Updated versions of the playbook are planned for April and June. Apart from a brief exchange before the publication, the athletes have not been involved so far.
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