IOC member Guy Drut mentioned they must rethink Olympic plans and adapt them to the altering world with coronavirus pandemic wrecking havoc.
- Last Updated: April 27, 2020, 10:09 AM IST
Paris: Plans for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris are “obsolete and outdated” in gentle of the coronavirus pandemic, IOC member and former French sports activities minister Guy Drut mentioned Sunday.
Former Olympic champion Drut, who gained gold in the 110m hurdles in 1976 and took silver 4 years earlier than, added in a column for franceinfo that the Olympic Games wanted to be “reinvented” to place them extra in contact with actuality.
“The crisis we’re going through has a lasting impact on our daily lives, our way of life, our economy, our social pact, our choice of society,” wrote Drut.
“It cannot and must not remain without effect on the imperative necessity which is to reinvent ourselves.
“The Olympic and Paralympic Games are not any exception to this new context. They too should reinvent themselves.”
The International Olympic Committee, jointly with local organisers, has been forced into delaying the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by one year to 2021 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
But Drut, an IOC member since 1996, argued that postponement of dates was just the tip of the iceberg.
“Can the response to this disaster be translated by merely suspending dates, with out the Games mannequin — each financial and organisational — additionally being deeply rethought?” asked the 69-year-old, who served as sports minister in France between 1995-7 under Jacques Chirac.
“The stunning undertaking that we constructed and carried in the bid section for Paris 2024 is now out of date, outdated, out of contact with actuality.
“If the project is to remain unchanged, we must review its means and refocus on the essential. The first necessity is to make a budgetary reassessment of what Paris 2024 Olympics will cost.
“The Games of yesterday is not going to be the Games of tomorrow. We have to just accept that and collectively think about a brand new mannequin.
“We have to rethink them to adapt them, to keep them relevant to the changing world. They will not be able to take place at any cost, disconnected from reality, on the ‘margins’ of the world.”
In that context, Drut recommended internet hosting sure occasions on a single website “whatever the organising country”, citing for instance Tahiti or Hawaii for browsing.
He additionally proposed limiting the quantity of extra sports activities.
“It is very expensive to build new equipment for an event that lasts only three, four days,” Drut argued.