Olympics-Basketball-Spain coach furious over 'dangerous' wait for dressing room
TOKYO (Reuters) - Spanish basketball coach Sergio Scariolo hit the Tokyo 2020 organizers after his team had to wait almost half an hour before heading back to the locker room after their 88-77 Group C win against hosts Japan on Monday could.
The Italian called for changes, saying that waiting athletes to access recreational facilities could potentially lead to more injuries.
"You have to show the players more respect," Scariolo said at a press conference.
"It was 25 minutes from the end of the game before they could put their legs in an ice bath and that is very dangerous and needs to be changed," he said.
The reason for the wait wasn't immediately clear.
"Your legs are tired and they should be treated with respect; protocols need to be changed," said Scariolo.
"Everyone is there for one thing and that's the players and we have to take care of their health. To be honest, I don't just get angry to be annoyed, I repeat, it's incredibly dangerous."
2016 world champion and bronze medalist Spain will face Argentina on Thursday, while Japan will face Slovenia.
(Reporting by Joseph Walker; Editing by Bill Berkrot)
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