USA Track and Field has called for the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Max Siegel, the USATF CEO, wrote to U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee asking them to advocate for a postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games.
The outbreak of coronavirus has caused many qualifying events to be postponed or cancelled in the last two months. Some athletes are unable to train due to the containment measures in their country.
Siegel wrote: “We certainly understand the ramifications of this request, and the realities of trying to coordinate the logistics of a postponed Olympic Games around the schedules of other athletes, sport federations, key stakeholders etc.
“But the alternative of moving forward in light of the current global situation would not be in the best interest of our athletes,” Siegel said.
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