A Tour de France in July would be a “crime against humanity”, according to the former French Minister of Sports

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Former French sports minister and double Olympic judo champion David Douillet called the prospect of a Tour de France this summer “madness” and “a crime against humanity”.

Douillet, who won Olympic gold at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics, was French Sports Minister under former President Nicolas Sarkozy from 2011 to 2012.

“God knows I’m a fan of the Tour de France, I never miss a stage every summer,” he said before tackling the promoter’s plan for the Tour ASO to organize the race while Covid- 19 remains a global public health crisis.

“I know there are financial issues but there are too many risks,” said the 51-year-old in an interview with France TV.

“If we have enough means to make sure that all Tour players and the public can be tested and are all negative, then why not, but it’s not very likely, so it can’t happen. There is no vaccine, nothing, and people die. “

Douillet compared the Tour’s plans to the recent municipal elections in France, held shortly before the lockout came into effect.

“I was furious to see that the local elections were held and to hear voices supporting him – even people from my former political family that I know well – but it is monstrous. I am not afraid to say that it is a crime against humanity.

“For me, organizing the Tour in these conditions is at the same level,” explained Douillet. ” This is madness. “

The former Olympic champion’s comments come as speculation increases that the Tour date may now be postponed to the end of July after race director Christian Prudhomme said the Tour “will not be held behind closed doors”.

However, with mortality rates due to the coronovirus pandemic still at high levels throughout Europe, races canceled until at least June 1 and a drastic blockage still in place in France, it is still too early to establish exactly when the Tour could take place.

Currently, a May 15 deadline has been set by ASO for a decision on this year’s race schedule, although reports suggest that a revised Grand Depart has been proposed for July 25.

Prudhomme’s latest comments, however, may have somewhat quelled Douillet’s indignation after declaring Sports-Auvergne.fr that “it all depends on what is going on with the pandemic”.

“There is only one thing I want is for the Tour de France to take place this summer,” said Prudhomme. “It is not in the interest of the Tour de France; more than that if it does not happen, it will mean that the country is in a catastrophic situation, which we really hope is not the case. “

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