France swim federation joins U.S. counterpart in Olympics delay call


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

The IOC this week said they remain "fully committed to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020", saying there is "no need for any drastic decisions at this stage". Most Olympic athletes in Britain have found training facilities closed and are being advised to avoid going out.

"They may risk their lives and others trying to continue training".

"Each day that goes by without a decision creates more stress and anxiety for our athletes, who are anxious not only about themselves but about their communities".

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled from July 24 to August 9, followed by the Paralympics from August 25 to September 6.

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.

"But whatever decision we take will be made after discussions with our stakeholders, the Youth and Sports Ministry, NSC and National Sports Institute (NSI)", he said.

"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.

Furthermore, Heena Sidhu, the first Indian pistol shooter to win a gold medal in an ISSF World Cup finals, supported the idea of postponement by saying lives shouldn't be put on the line while hoping the International Olympic Committee makes the right decision when the time comes.

Eugene Liang, high-performance director for Triathlon Canada, said the current global situation has created "an environment of haves and have-nots" when it comes to athlete training. "They are four months from now", USOPC chair Susanne Lyons said.

U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged at a news conference on March 19 that leaders of the Group of Seven countries discussed the option of calling off or postponing the Olympics when they held an emergency videoconference March 16 to coordinate steps to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Coe's comments came as numerous athletes and federations called for a delay in the competition, which is scheduled to run from July 24 to Aug 9, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It added, "Athletes deserve every chance to compete", but "when it's clear that's no longer possible, they deserve honesty". About 190 of 550 spots on the USA team are scheduled to be handed out for gymnastics, swimming and track at Olympic trials in June - all of which are in jeopardy. "The USOPC will be leaders in providing accurate advice and honest feedback, and be unfailing advocates of the athletes and their safety, and the necessity of a fair platform for the Games".

"Our priority, and frankly we view it as our obligation to the athletes we serve, is to be ready if there is an opportunity for them". After all, NBC, its official broadcast partner in the USA, has sold nearly £1billion in adverts for the Games.

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