USA athletics calls for Olympics postponement

The governing body believes the decision would be in the best interest of their athletes

USA Track and Field has called for a postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photograph: Inpho

USA Track and Field has called for a postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photograph: Inpho

 

USA Track and Field, the governing body of American athletics, on Saturday called for a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics.

The federation, in a letter to United States Olympic and Paralympic committee (USOPC) chief executive Sarah Hirshland, asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the Games which are scheduled to run from July 24th to August 9th.

“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 (as difficult as that decision might be),” USATF chief executive Max Siegel said in the letter.

The US track and field federation joined another leading US Olympic sport, USA Swimming, in seeking a delay to the Games.

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