PARIS: The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic may have “no impact” on the Paris Video games, which is able to go forward as scheduled in “summer 2024”, the pinnacle of the organising committee Tony Estanguet instructed AFP on Tuesday.
The 2020 Video games have been delayed till “no later than summer 2021” by the IOC and Japanese Prime Minister Sinzo Abe earlier on Tuesday, however Estanguet mentioned the primary postponement of an Olympics throughout peacetime wouldn’t have an effect on the Paris version, which is able to now be staged three years after the Tokyo occasion.
“The 2024 Games will be held in the summer of 2024. There is no impact on the date,” mentioned the three-time Olympic canoeing champion.
The Olympics have been resulting from 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 best decision for the athletes, for all the players in the Games,” added Estanguet.
“I imagine that the Video games should keep of their place.
“We are really advancing on our own preparation plan. Each situation in the Games is different. We do not have the same infrastructure to build. We are 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.