The push to postpone 2020 Olympics just got serious

The push to postpone 2020 Olympics just got serious

The push to postpone 2020 Olympics just got serious

In theory, no national Olympic federation has more power to alter the shape of an Olympics than the one in the US, which brings 550 athletes and its billion-dollar broadcaster, NBC, to the show every two years.

USATF's letter echoes a similar sentiment made by USA Swimming on Friday afternoon.

The president of the Dutch cycling federation (KNWU) publicly spoke out against the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo going forward as planned in light of the current coronavirus pandemic, joining USA Swimming in the argument for postponing the Games.

"We have watched our athletes' worlds be turned upside down", USA Swimming CEO Tim Hinchey wrote.

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee have announced that four U.S. winter Olympians have been quarantined after being exposed to someone diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Friday's statement came against a backdrop of mounting unease among athletes and experts over the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on their preparations for the Tokyo Games.

This is not the time to seek publicity, he said today in reference to criticisms by former National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong, who questioned OCM's stand that the Olympic Games should go on.

"Our clear recommendation is that the Olympic Games in Tokyo shall not take place before the COVID-19 situation is under firm control on a global scale", the NOC said.

On Friday, UK Athletics chairman Nic Coward became the highest-profile UK sports administrator to say the Olympics could not go ahead.

El-Awadi says that each day that goes by without a decision from the International Olympic Committee creates more stress and anxiety for the athletes, who are expected to keep training for an event that may not even happen.

Bach, a 1976 Olympic gold medalist in fencing for West Germany, has experience with Olympic conflicts: he was due to compete at the 1980 Olympic Games, which West Germany boycotted along with several other nations, including the United States. "It lies with World Health Organization, the Japanese government and the IOC".

"But as governments take action to protect their people - which includes closing down facilities on which athletes and para-athletes rely - and as that message is coming through more clearly now".

"We have a lot of procedures and guidelines in place", Finnoff added.

Her concerns reflect a growing unease in the global Olympic movement as Tokyo's scheduled July 24 opening ceremony draws nearer.

Coward's stance found support from Baltazar Medida, head of the Colombian Olympic Committee. But they stopped well short of pushing the International Olympic Committee toward a postponement.

One problem with staging the games on schedule is the matter of qualifications.

Athletes lashed out at IOC advice to continue training "as best they can", with Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi accusing the body of "putting us in danger".

"We're also asking athletes if it is available to them and in a safe and in an appropriate environment, based on local health official guidance, to continue to do what they can to prepare themselves for competition".

This led Bach to ponder a potential adjustment of the vision of a postponed Olympic Games, and how to manage this and other conflicts that would arise.

"Sooner than later is probably the number one thing that everyone is trying to push for", Liang said on the urgency to make a decision.

"Our Games aren't two weeks from now".

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