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Worldwide Athletics Federation Calls For Postponement Of Tokyo Olympics

Worldwide Athletics Federation President Sebastian Coe has requested the IOC to postpone the Tokyo Video games as a result of coronavirus epidemic. Opening the Video games on July 24 as deliberate is "neither possible nor fascinating," he mentioned in a letter launched on Monday.

The President of the Worldwide Athletics Federation, Sebastian Coe, requested the President of the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, to postpone the Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus epidemic, in a letter together with: 'AFP obtained a replica on Monday 23 March.

Opening the Video games on July 24 as deliberate is "neither possible nor fascinating," the chief wrote within the letter written earlier than the IOC assembly on Sunday, opening the door to a doable postponement.

Olympic legend of athletics, the American Carl Lewis has publicly taken place in order that the Olympic Video games of Tokyo-2020 are postponed to 2022.

"Suspending the Olympic Video games is just not like suspending a soccer match to the next Saturday," warned the IOC president this weekend to spotlight the problem that the organizers might face within the occasion of the postponement of essentially the most nice world sporting occasion.

All of it relies on the length of a doable postponement, however including the Olympic Video games to an already full 2021 sports activities calendar could be a logistical nightmare.

As a result of the summer time of 2021 guarantees to be already very busy: the world championships in athletics and swimming are already scheduled there, just like the Euro soccer, postponed to subsequent yr.

As anger rises among the many athletes, the IOC introduced {that a} postponement is now on the desk, giving itself 4 weeks to resolve, whereas recalling the complexity of such a alternative.

With AFP

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