Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Males – Group C – Japan v Spain – Saitama Tremendous Area, Saitama, Japan – July 26, 2021. Y. Watanabe of Japan in motion with Alex Abrines of Spain REUTERS/Brian Snyder
July 26, 2021
TOKYO (Reuters) – Spain basketball coach Sergio Scariolo hit out on the Tokyo 2020 organisers after his facet have been made to attend virtually half an hour earlier than being allowed again into the dressing room following their 88-77 Group C victory over hosts Japan on Monday.
The Italian known as for adjustments to be made, saying that making athletes wait to entry restoration services may probably result in extra accidents.
“There must be extra respect proven for the gamers,” Scariolo informed a information convention.
“It took 25 minutes from the tip of the sport earlier than they might get their legs into an ice bathtub, and that’s one thing that could be very harmful and must be modified,” he stated.
The explanation for the wait was not instantly clear.
“Their legs are drained, and they need to be handled with respect; protocols should be modified,” Scariolo stated.
“Everybody’s right here for one factor and that’s the gamers and we have to take care of their well being. Truthfully, I’m not simply irritated for the sake of being irritated, I repeat, it’s extremely harmful.”
World champions and 2016 bronze medallists Spain face Argentina on Thursday, whereas Japan tackle Slovenia.
(Reporting by Joseph Walker; Enhancing by Invoice Berkrot)