“It seems crazy to me to hold the Olympic Games. It is crazy that the IOC and the organization of the Games are not taking steps to make the competition be delayed. It is my view as an athlete, as an athlete who prepared four years for a day, “said Juan Carlos Curuchet, the Olympic champion in Beijing 2008 together with Walter Pérez in the American cycling event, this Sunday.
“The IOC is not taking a global view, but rather an individual and selfish one. There are 160 countries suffering from the pandemic,” he questioned in statements to the Télam agency. In this line, the former cyclist recognized as “a very big mistake that we are still thinking that these Olympic Games will take place between July and August”, without attending to the exceptional health conditions.
“It seems very selfish to me that when the world is asking people not to circulate on the street, they see how it can be done to maintain an Olympic Game,” he insisted.
Curuchet, who was president of the Athletes Commission of the Argentine Olympic Committee (COA) from 2009 to 2017, wished that “all those economic resources that are going to be used for the preparation and organization of the Games hopefully are destined for the health of the world population, which is now the most important thing. “
Then he suggested delaying the maximum appointment in the Japanese capital for 2021 since “next year is 'neutral' because in 2022 the Odesur Games begin, in 2023 the Pan American Games and in 2024 the Olympic Games in Paris.”
“We could calmly talk about doing them in 2021; a year in which there are only Pan-American championships of each discipline, world or South American. Postponing the Games for a year would be of great tranquility for all athletes: for those who have not yet achieved their classification, it do, and for others to change their training planning, “he added.
And he concluded: “Four months after an Olympic Game, the athlete must be fully mentally and physically, making the set-up towards the level necessary for such a competition.”