Why French athletics will flop at the 2024 Paris Olympics

By Cedric Callier

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Due to an injury to his left Achilles tendon, decathlete Kevin Mayer (here Friday, in Budapest) had to retire after only two events. Peter De Voecht/Photo News/Panoramic

DECRYPTION – At the end of disastrous Worlds, difficult to envisage the Blues shining in eleven months. Stéphane Diagana testifies.

Should we believe in miracles? Is it possible, in (very) high-level sport, to aspire to p, in less than a year, from one-medal world championships at an Olympic Games with six or more podiums? Unless you still believe in Santa Claus, or are the Sports Minister of the country concerned, it seems mission impossible. Thus, this Tuesday, on the airwaves of Franceinfo, against winds and tides, Amelie Oudea-Castera wanted to be optimistic before receiving the leaders of the French Athletics Federation (FFA) at the ministry, for what was all the trappings of an abyssal crisis meeting, two days after the conclusion of world championships that the Blues left with a serious hangover. And not because of an excess of champagne to celebrate each other’s performances.

“We have less than a year to be ready for the Olympics.first recalled the minister. The question that is really ours today is what needs to be changed…

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