8:01 p.m. – April 20, 2021
While the national calendar is cut off by several meetings or competitions, the French Athletics Federation intends to organize “flash” events to help athletes in search of Olympic minimums.
The French Athletics Federation (FFA) does not intend to sit idly by. While, faced with the still visible consequences of the health crisis, several national meetings such as those planned for Montgeron or Forbach but also competitions such as the French interclub championships could not be organized, depriving the athletes of so many opportunities to achieve the minimums in view of qualifying for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo, the window of which will be granted by World Athletics to end on June 29, i.e. a little over three weeks before the opening of the Olympic Games in the Japanese capital, whose events will take place in the Olympic Stadium from July 30 to August 8. In response to this loss of opportunities for the athletes, the FFA has decided to assume its responsibilities in the coming weeks.
Towards themed meetings organized by the FFA
To this end, the French Athletics Federation has decided to organize a series of meetings qualified as “flash” whose schedule could be formalized by the beginning of May, according to daily information The team, which specifies that themed meetings could be organized very quickly, in particular concerning the sprint events in the south-east of France. “The director of high performance Florian Rousseau and the DTN Anne Barrois made proposals to us to compensate for the cancellation of the meetings. We therefore asked the presidents of each league to ask them if they could organize themed ‘flash’ meetings., entrusted to the daily the president of the FFA André Giraud. These competitions would not last more than two hours and would take place behind closed doors. “Opportunities that candidates for a ticket to Tokyo can quickly take advantage of.