The abolition of Genoa has created many problems
As we already reported, yesterday World Sailing, due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus, canceled the stage of the Olympic Sailing World Cup in Genoa on April 11-19, which was supposed to be the last opportunity for selection for the Tokyo Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee provided World Sailing with the opportunity to extend the qualifying period for the Games until June 30. Here is what the head coach of the Russian national team Natalya Ivanova told RIA Novosti in this connection:
“It is still unknown where the final stage of the Olympic qualification will take place. We hope to be informed soon … The next major tournament is the 470 World Cup in Mallorca in Spain (March 13-21). It will be held according to the program, there is no information about cancellation. We We will take part and then we will solve problems as we get in. Next on the schedule, the Princess Sofia Cup in Spain, the regatta important for us in terms of internal selection for the national team, and the Hyeres regatta in France. These two regattas are in question, it is not known how the situation with the virus will develop About these two regattas say cancellation is possible, ""
According to Ivanova, the cancellation of the tournament in Genoa seriously affected the plans of the Russian team. “We planned training so that the first peak of the season of athletes fell on the stage in Genoa. Now it is not clear how to build the training process, it’s stress for everyone. Our funding was planned in such a way – those who qualify for the Olympics will continue to participate in the European Championships and of peace in May. And now it’s not clear how to distribute financing. In Genoa, we have paid for irrevocable housing, tickets, we need to change all the logistics, where now to send the yachts. This force majeure threatens us with serious expenses, " etila coach. And she continued:
“We need to have time to deliver to Japan to the Olympics the yachts of those guys who will be able to qualify for the Olympics at the final selection, and the containers with the yachts we go for a very long time – 2.5 months. Genoa was the last option in time, after which we would have time to send "Yachts to Japan. Now it is not clear how we will deliver the material part of those who will go to the Olympics following the results of the last selection. We will resolve this issue."
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