Paris 2024 Olympics. Kevin Mayer's injury: “There's maybe a one in a million chance, he has to hang on in there,” says Romain Barras

Paris 2024 Olympics. Kevin Mayer's injury: "There's maybe a one in a million chance, he has to hang on in there," says Romain Barras

Romain Barras s’est exprimé sur la blessure de Kevin Mayer. MAXPPP

Directeur de la haute performance de la Fédération française d’athlétisme, Romain Barras a réagi à la blessure de Kevin Mayer en conservant un espoir de voir le Montpelliérain concourir aux JO de Paris 2024.

After falling during the 110 m hurdles during the Paris meeting at the Charléty stadium, Kevin Mayer suffers from ;rsquo;a significant lesion in the hamstring of the left leg. An injury compromising his participation in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

"Obviously, it’s a huge blow", regretted the director of high performance of the French Athletics Federation (FFA) Romain Barras during a press briefing held Tuesday afternoon near the Stade de France.

"We know that a muscular injury that happens at this time is something that seriously jeopardizes the chances of ;be successful at the Olympics, explained the former decathlete. Nevertheless, he has not given up. He will do everything in his power to try to be at the Games."

"He has to try"

"We have made a lot of progress in the medical care surrounding the injury, he stressed. There may be a one in a million chance, but if it exists, this chance, he has to hold on to it. He has to try, at least for as long as he thinks it's possible."

"It's a terrible situation. Inevitably, as long as he has this hope in his head, he's going to have ups and downs. There are days when he will think it is possible, and other days when he will tell himself that it is not possible, but that is when he must continue the care and try until the last moment, until August 2nd,”, Barras continued.

At 32, Mayer only qualified for his fourth Olympic Games at the last minute, in June at the European Championships in Rome, with dreams of Olympic gold in Paris. The Olympic decathlon is scheduled for August 2 and 3, the first two days of the athletics events at the Stade de France.

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