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US Olympic officials welcome IOC timeline for decision on Tokyo Games

AFP
Published : Mar 23, 2020, 12:37 pm IST
Updated : Mar 23, 2020, 12:37 pm IST

'IOC update is an important step in providing clarity, but our athletes continue to face enormous ambiguity surrounding the 2020 Games'

In this file photo, President Donald Trump speaks with CEO of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee Sarah Hirshland Hirshland. AP Photo
 In this file photo, President Donald Trump speaks with CEO of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee Sarah Hirshland Hirshland. AP Photo

Los Angeles: The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, noting the "enormous ambiguity" faced by athletes attempting to prepare for the Tokyo Games during the coronavirus pandemic, called the International Olympic Committee's pledge to decide on possible postponement in four weeks "progress".

"The progress reflected in (Sunday's) IOC update to the global athlete community is an important step in providing clarity, but our athlete community continues to face enormous ambiguity surrounding the 2020 Games in Tokyo," USOPC chief executive Sarah Hirshland said in a joint statement issued with the USOPC'S athlete advisory council chair Han Xiao.

"Having spent countless hours communicating with IOC leadership, our peers around the world, our NGBs and the athletes we serve, we know the difficult obstacles ahead and we are all appreciative that the IOC has heard our concerns and needs, and is working to address them as quickly as possible."

The IOC has come under mounting pressure to postpone the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to run from July 24 to August 9.

IOC president Thomas Bach said Sunday that a decision on when the Games would take place would be made "within the next four weeks".

"Every day counts," Hirshland and Han said. "We remain steadfast in our recommendation that Team USA athletes continue to heed the advice of public health officials and prioritize their health and wellness over all else.

"At the same time we are eager to continue to explore alternatives to ensure all athletes have a robust and fulfilling Olympic and Paralympic experience, regardless of when that can safely occur. Together we will find solutions that keep the spirit of the Games alive."

Tags: 2020 tokyo olympics, international olympic committee, us olympic committee, covid 19, donald trump
Location: United States, California, Los Angeles
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