Covid-19 may delay Tokyo Olympics 2020: Here’s what athletes are saying

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In view of growing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic or Kovid 19, the International Olympic Committee has decided to review the fate of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo until mid-April. However, the athletes who participate in Tokyo experience a huge uncertainty and for some athletes the announcement of the IOC was too little and too late.

Wait a minute, wait a minute… This means that the athletes still have a fourth training week ahead of them – while we coaches, service staff and parents can only put us at risk to find out that they will be postponed anyway, tweeted by British 200m world champion Dina Asher-Smith.

It’s so irresponsible, she added. I was really hoping to hear the announcement of the postponement until 2021 this week.

Decision of the United States Olympic Committee on the Tokyo Olympic Games by the IOC

In the meantime, the American Olympic and Paralympic Committee has welcomed the IOC’s promise to decide on a possible postponement of four weeks and called it a step forward.

The progress reflected in Sunday’s IOC update for the global athletic community is an important step in bringing clarity, but our athletic community continues to face enormous uncertainty regarding the Tokyo 2020 Games, said USOPC Executive Director Sarah Hirschland in a joint statement with USOPC Athletes’ Advisory Board Chairman Han Xiao.

After countless hours of communicating with the IOC management, our colleagues around the world, our NGB and the athletes we serve, we know the challenges we face and we are all grateful to the IOC for listening to our concerns and needs and for working to resolve them as quickly as possible.

The IOC has come under increasing pressure to move the Olympic Games to Tokyo, which are scheduled for 24 January. From July to July 9th. The month of August is planned.

Every day counts, said Hirschland and Khan. We remain committed to our recommendation that Team USA athletes should continue to listen to the advice of the health authorities and give priority to their health and well-being over all other athletes. At the same time, we are determined to continue looking for alternatives to ensure a reliable and comprehensive Olympic and Paralympic experience for all athletes, regardless of when it is safe. Together we will find solutions that will keep the spirit of the game alive.

The Olympic flame in Japan

The Olympic flame in Japan. Photo: Reuters

The head of French athletics joins the call to postpone the Olympic competition.

The president of the French athletics federation said on Sunday that he did not understand why the International Olympic Committee (IOC) refused to move the Olympics to Tokyo because of the coronavirus pandemic.

André Giraud accepted the objections of the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF).

He explained that the IOC should already think about what he called plan C, the postponement until 2021.

We can’t accept that the IOC doesn’t listen to the number one Olympic sport, Giraud said.

Everyone agrees that the games can’t go as planned. If the crisis is under control by the end of May, we can imagine moving the games to autumn. But plan C is postponed for six months or a year. How can 11,000 athletes be brought together in the Olympic Village in less than four months? Athletes are under stress and we need to calm them down. We can’t wait any longer.

Giraud also called for action from CNOSF President Denis Massegli.

I call on the KNOSF to act together with the IOC. We need a position of national solidarity, he said.

During the matches, the French team will be under the flag of CNOSF. At the national level, the responsibility therefore lies with the ICNOSF President, who listens to his associations and defends his point of view.

Track and field legend Carl Lewis wants to postpone the Olympics for two years.

Carl Lewis, a nine-time Olympic champion circuit and field, says he wants to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for two years, but rejects any request for cancellation.

I think it’s really hard for an athlete to prepare, to train, to stay motivated when there is total uncertainty. That’s the hardest part. Since it’s a health problem, it’s not up to anyone to control it. I think most athletes accept it, said Lewis on KRIV, a Houston-based television station.

Many athletes found it difficult to continue training and were forced to stay at home to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Athletes will not be able to prepare for the Olympics if they don’t have Olympic competition, Lewis said.

Lewis called on the International Olympic Committee to consider postponing the Olympic Games until 2022 after the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022.

I think it would be more comfortable to start an Olympic year two years later with the Winter Olympics and then make it an Olympic holiday year.

U.S. Swimming Authority requests a postponement…

The USA Swimming said they want to postpone the games. The French Swimming Federation and the Norwegian Olympic Committee, as well as potential competitors, quickly joined them.

The American Athletic Association and Spain have also asked for a postponement. Sebastian Coe, the director of world athletics, suggested that he leaned in that direction.

I don’t think we should host the Olympics at any price, said Coe, who led the London 2012 Olympics.

The decision about the Olympic Games can become clear very quickly.

Some athletes are about to retire, which can be painful, but you should actually concentrate on what serves (better) the masses.