The IOC has been given four weeks to decide the possible postponement from Tokyo 2020 for him coronavirus, but in just a few hours different sports organizations have raised their voices, like in Canada and Australia, which only contemplates postponing the Olympic event. The last to join this trend has been Sebastian Coe, President of the International Athletics Federation (World Athletics).
In a letter to Thomas Bach, president of the IOC, and released by the CBC, the president advocates starting to “define new dates”, because in July, when they are scheduled, “it is not feasible or desirable.” Coe conveys the athletes’ concern and the “anguish” they are experiencing over the expansion of the coronavirus.
One of Coe’s reasons
Coe’s main argument is competition inequality, as many athletes have been unable to maintain their training due to government restrictions. In addition, he adds that this irregular scenario increases the risk of injury to athletes
But beyond the physical state, the leader affects the mental aspect due to the context of the global pandemic by the Covid-19: “The uncertainty about the celebration of the Olympic Games in July and the inherent desire and motivation to excel that resides in all our athletes are causing them real anguish, “he explains.
Coe believes “the time has come” to postpone the Games and seek new dates. “We owe our athletes a break,” he says, in addition to ensuring that the International Athletics Federation is “available and ready to help define a new date for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”