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World Athletics President Ko refuses to talk about Chinese boycott

Sebastian Coe

Paris: World Athletics Chairman Sebastian Coe said he wanted the body to be a “campaign organization,” but emphasized that there was no point in boycotting China over human rights. Kor said in a conference call at the end of the year that his sport “has been in a strong position since 2021” and was bullish on the outlook for growth at the first World Championships in the United States in 2022. Told. “We have clearly emerged from Tokyo as the number one sport,” he said, citing International Olympic Committee statistics that athletics is the most common on television, traditional print newspapers and social media. Showed that he recorded the sport of.

World Athletics added that he expected the media model to be completely different at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. “There will be a lot of change by 2028, and broadcasting will change with streaming. We need a broadcasting strategy to chime what’s happening,” he said. Kor said the sport also benefits at the grassroots level as the government has “delayed” its focus on public health and fitness.

World Athletics focused on “connecting athletes and athletics to major issues that are important to them, such as climate change and human rights.” He said he is working hard to “become a campaign organization.” However, as Shenzhen will join Shanghai on the 2022 Diamond League calendar, Kor said there is no reason why the event in China would be a problem, despite the recent anger at tennis player Peng Shuai. rice field. “We are pleased to be able to compete globally. China has a strong and current history in athletics,” he said.

“Drawbridge”

“There is a clear and powerful set of principles, whether human rights or sustainability,” he added. “I’m philosophically opposed to the boycott of sports.” I experienced them, and they tend not to achieve what they were trying to achieve. “We are interested in all athletes. But it’s better to interact than to pull up the drawbridge. Other sectors don’t do that. “On the other hand, Kor fully follows the body’s” reintroduction plan “on doping management. He said he needed to meet the World Athletics Task Force and said he had a strict policy on allowing Russians to compete again under the flag. “Russian athletes will return to the international framework when the reintroduction plan is fully achieved,” he said. It may not happen before the World Championships in Eugene in July. “We haven’t yet decided how to pretend to be a Russian athlete in Oregon,” he said.

As another annoyance, the ban on athletes with differences in sex differentiation (DSD) in the 400-meter to 1-mile women’s race said World Athletics did not intend to add the event to its list. “The chosen event was not a coincidence,” he said. “They were the events most influenced by DSD after a long deliberation and scientific basis.” We are not looking at this at this time, but other events have been heavily influenced or women. It is always clear to (act) if it undermines the basic integrity of the sport. “

He said he believes that the harvest of young talent means that athletics does not need another Usain Bolt to attract attention. “I’m more optimistic than a while ago because of the extraordinary young talent that came in,” Kor said. “We do not rely on one star, but have a much broader foundation for our talent.”-AFP

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