The head of the Spanish Football Association (RFEF), Luis Rubiales has come out to ask for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed until 2021 amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Luis revealed that even if sport is the reason for his existence, it has to be relegated to the background until the pandemic is over.
According to him, Spaniards must remain united and every sports event must be suspended till the outbreak is resolved and everything is back to normal.
He then sent his condolences to the families who have lost a loved one during the outbreak.
His words, “The president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, transmitted the request for postponement of the next Olympic Games to Juan Antonio Samaranch,”
“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.
“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.”
“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.”