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“We are not going to interfere,” says Roxana Maracineanu of a possible postponement of the Olympic Games

Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu at a press conference on March 9, 2020. (MARTIN BUREAU / AFP)

“For diplomatic reasons and also because we are the next to organize the Games in France in 2024, we will not interfere with this decision, with the IOC and the Japanese government”Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu said on France March 23 on Franceinfo, while the IOC will soon decide on a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics scheduled this summer due to the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic.

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“We give them all confidence in this, it is up to them to give themselves the priorities and to be able to make the decision that is imperative today, given the global situation in terms of health and epidemic. have no choice but to give themselves time to think “, continued the minister.

The Olympic Games are a bit beyond all the problems of all countries.

Roxana Maracineanu

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The Minister of Sports ensures that the health of athletes comes before sports performance. “The fact that France has already considered its top athletes as all citizens without making any sports exceptions, even for training and confinement which has been generalized for everyone, shows the fact that in France the performance comes second in relation to the health of our athletes and the health of our citizens “, insisted Roxana Maracineanu, who would nevertheless like to see the IOC's decision soon. “It is also their job that endangers”, recalled the former Olympic medalist.

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