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USATF urges Olympic committee to postpone the 2020 Summer Games

USA Track & Field sent a letter to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to encourage the IOC to postpone the 2020 Olympics.

Posted: Mar 21, 2020 9:15 PM
Updated: Mar 21, 2020 10:29 PM

INDIANAPOLIS — USA Track and Field sent a formal request to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to "advocate to the [International Olympic Committee] for the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo," according to the USATF's letter.

The request comes on behalf of the track and field athletes whose, according to the USATF, abilities to properly prepare for the upcoming Summer Games while also practicing social distancing "does not appear likely in the midst of this global crisis."

The USATF letter from CEO Max Siegel went on to say, "We acknowledge that there are no perfect answers and that this is a very complex and difficult decision, but this position at least provides our athletes with the comfort of knowing that they will have adequate time to properly prepare themselves physically, mentally and emotionally to be able to participate in a safe and successful Olympics Games."

Summer and winter American Olympic athlete Lolo Jones supported the USATF's request to the USOPC, saying in an AP article Saturday, the lack of a decision to postpone the Olympics is, "tearing athletes apart."

This letter comes a day after USA Swimming asks the USOPC to push back the Olympics to the summer of 2021.

For now, the IOC is continuing to say the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will continue as scheduled, with the Opening Ceremonies set for July 24.

The Olympic Trials in Eugene are still on, scheduled to run from June 19 to June 28.

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