RFEF Chief Rubiales Asks For The Tokyo Olympics To Be Postponed Until 2021

The head of the Spanish
Football Association (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, has joined the voices asking
for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed until 2021 in the light of the
coronavirus crisis.

RFEF Chief Rubiales Asks For The Tokyo Olympics To Be Postponed Until 2021 1

The
International Olympic Committee has not agreed to postpone the
Olympics, due to take place this summer in Tokyo, despite almost all
other sports being either cancelled or postponed in the midst of the
pandemic.

Spain is under a strict lockdown at the moment in
an effort to stop the spread of the virus and football is suspended in
the country; something Rubiales asked IOC president Juan Antonio
Samaranch to do with the Olympics.

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“The president of the
RFEF, Luis Rubiales, transmitted the request for postponement of the
next Olympic Games to Juan Antonio Samaranch,” says an RFEF statement.

“He
did so at the meeting held with other Spanish sports federations and to
which he was called by the president of the COE [the Spanish Olympic
Commission], Alejandro Blanco

“The president of Spanish
football asked that all efforts be focused on supporting our
Administration in the fight against COVID-19. At this time, health must
prevail over any other issue and we must be on the side of our
Government.

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“Sport is our reason for being, but now it must
be in the background. We continue to work for football and solutions for
this sector, however, now the duty as Spaniards is to stay united and
suspend all sports events, as this Federation did in regard to those
competitions over which it has oversight.”

Spain has seen
1756 people die from the Covid-19 outbreak, according to Worldometer,
with more than 28000 confirmed cases in the country.

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After
urging Samaranch to take action, Rubiales went on to offer the RFEF’s
sympathies to those who have lost loved ones and thanks and
encouragement to those on the front lines combating the disease.

“We
show our pain for the victims of this pandemic, our condolences to
their families, our encouragement for the health workers and the State
Security Forces and all those who are maintaining public services.

“We remain at the disposal of the authorities and we offer ourselves to collaborate in any measures that may be considered.”