World Athletics said it welcome the latest news from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach, in a letter to athletes, said his executive is looking into postponing the event over the cancellation.

“Cancellation would not solve any problem and would help nobody. Therefore it is not on our agenda,” Bach said.
“We are working very hard, and we are confident that we will have finalised these discussions within the next four weeks,” added the IOC president.

The world governing body for track and field, in a statement, said: “World Athletics welcomes discussions with the IOC to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”

World Athletics said it has written to the “IOC earlier today to relay this feedback from its Area Presidents, Council and athletes. We stand ready to work with the IOC and all sport on an alternative date.”

The outbreak of coronavirus has killed over 13,000 people to date while another 307, 600 people are suffering from the deadly virus. The virus 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.

“Cancellation of the Olympic Games would destroy the Olympic dream of 11,000 athletes from all 206 National Olympic Committees, from the IOC Refugee Olympic Team, most likely for the Paralympic athletes, and for all the people who are supporting you as coaches, doctors, officials, training partners, friends and family,” the IOC president said.


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