While the French Federation announced last week that athletes will have to choose between the World Championships and the European Indoor Championships in 2021 if the conditions for entry into China remain the same by 2021, Renaud Lavillenie wants to do both competitions.
2021 will be, barring a disaster, an Olympic year, with the ambition of a new medal to be won for Renaud Lavillenie, after the London gold in 2012 and the silver obtained in Rio four years later. The 34-year-old French pole vaulter also wishes to participate in the two other big competitions planned for next year: the European Championships in Torun (Poland) from March 5 to 7, and the World Indoor Championships in Nanjing (China), a big ten days later (March 19-21)
However, people currently wishing to go to China must observe a quarantine of two weeks when arriving in the territory. Difficult then for the athletes to chain the two competitions. The French Athletics Federation said last week that if the conditions for entry into China remained the same by March, the athletes would have to make a choice.
A vaccine, quickly!
“When they said that, I jumped up. They said that without knowing everything when we are four months away from the event! he exclaimed in the daily L’Equipe. It will be difficult for them to forbid me to do one or the other! The goal of these two competitions is to have the best athletes and I don’t wonder if I have to choose between the two. “
The three-time world champion (2012, 2016 and 2018) and four-time European champion (2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015) are still keeping their fingers crossed for the health situation to improve by next spring. The prospect of seeing effective vaccines in the short term should reinforce his ambitions.