USA Track and Field joins swimming in calling for Olympics postponement

TTOC President Brian Lewis revealed he was

Tokyo bracing for possible postponement of Summer Games : The Asahi Shimbun

Swimming Canada says it supports a call by USA Swimming to postpone this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo.

"Respectfully requested.that the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee advocate for the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 by one year to 2021".

It's a shame that running, swimming and soon gymnastics can't be more magnanimous.

"We urge the USOPC, as a leader within the Olympic Movement, to use its voice and speak up for the athletes", USA Swimming CEO Tim Hinchey said in a letter.

Swimming Canada's CEO Ahmed El-Awadi followed with a statement, saying his organization shares numerous same concerns.

"First and foremost, we are clearly encouraging athletes to put their safety and the safety of the people in their community first and to follow the guidance of local health officials above and beyond everything else", Hirshland said. So far, only about 57 percent of athletes have qualified, according to the IOC.

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"We don't know what the situation will be", Bach said.

"We are four-and-a-half months away from the Games", Bach told the New York Times.

"A decision on the Olympic Games may become very obvious very quickly in the coming days and weeks", Coe said in a statement to Reuters.

"We are trying to be as prepared as we can be for any variety of potential outcomes", said Hirshland.

"We have to concentrate on finding a reliable basis for decision-making".

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Despite the clamour to delay the Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has pressed on, saying the Games will go ahead as scheduled. "It now has to be addressed".

There have been so many cancelled sporting events that national federations are struggling with the Olympic selection process and restrictions on personal contact and travel has hampered the efforts of anti-doping organisations, with UKAD and USADA this week admitting they have had to scale back testing.

As of Saturday morning, more than 11,000 people have died since the outbreak of coronavirus began in Wuhan, a city located in China's central Hubei province, late past year.

IOC President Thomas Bach insisted this week it was "premature" to consider postponing the Tokyo Games, which are scheduled to start on 24 July.

After the USA Swimming news, Hirshland and Lyons put out a joint statement, emphasizing the multiple moving parts that are influencing any decision from the International Olympic Committee, and looking ahead to an important International Olympic Committee meeting next week, at which leaders will receive feedback from countries.

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.

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The 66-year old, who is now quarantined in his home office in Lausanne, Switzerland on Lake Geneva, Bach acknowledged that there were "no ideal solutions" to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its impact upon athletes' preparations for the Olympic Games. The worldwide federations that govern each sport have already named host cities and secured venues for world championships throughout much of next year.

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