USA Track & Field Calls For Postponement Of 2020 Tokyo Olympics


March 21, 2020

Another prominent United States individual sport federation has called for postponing the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Just one day after USA Swimming spoke out for the Games to be moved to 2021, USA Track and Field has done so as well.

“Unfortunately, while our world class athletes are willing to push themselves to their athletic limits in pursuit of Olympic success, the likelihood that they will be able to properly train in a safe and adequate environment, and replicate the excellence we have all come to expect, does not appear likely in the midst of this global crisis,” Max Siegel, CEO of USATF said in a letter to the Olympic Committee on Saturday.

“As we have learned, our athletes are under tremendous pressure, stress and anxiety, and their mental health and wellness is among our highest priorities.”

USATF argued that amid the unprecedented worldwide epidemic, unfathomable disruptions are being caused. The letter said it’s the “right and responsible” move to prioritize the safety of athletes, staff and fans alike.

Athletes agree.

Olympian hurdler and world champion Lolo Jones tweeted how relieved she felt by her team’s stance.

“I’m glad USATF spoke up,” Jones wrote. “(The International Olympic Committee) encouraged all athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympic Games telling athletes to carry on as normal amidst this public health crisis is irresponsible and demeaning.”

Jones added in a separate tweet that fellow athletes are concerned for the health of their families as well.

We’ll see how the IOC, and other Olympic teams, react to these stances in the coming weeks. But as of now, the IOC is committed to going on as scheduled.

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