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Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics (WA) penned a letter to the president of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, to consider postponing the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) says that they received the letter that was penned by Coe and written directly to Bach.
He said, “The unanimous view across all our areas is that an Olympics Games in July this year is neither feasible nor desirable.”
Athletics is one of the big television draws for the summer Olympic Games.
The letter comes on the same day that the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced that they will not be sending any athletes in any sport to the Games and two days after the Norwegian Olympic Committee penned a letter for Bach to consider the postponement.
Several athletes have voiced their concern because of health and safety and without time to properly prepare as Coe says, it is not feasible to put the Games on, which were to start on July 24, 2020.
Canadian 400-metre hurdles specialist Sage Watson Tweeted, “We need to put our attention on the pandemic, not athletics.”
We need to put our attention on to this pandemic not athletics. Those decisions can wait. The IOC needs to postpone the games, but countries dropping out and not standing together upsets me. We need to make this decision as a WORLD not separate countries. Put our world first.🌎 pic.twitter.com/iBErExvWov
— Sage Watson (@SageWats) March 23, 2020
As late as Sunday, Thomas Bach has said that The IOC has given itself a month to consider postponing the 2020 Olympics after an emergency meeting on Sunday. However, the IOC stated in a press release that “cancellation is not on the agenda” with respect to the upcoming Games.
22 March: Letter from IOC President Thomas Bach OLY to athletes.
— Athlete365 (@Athlete365) March 22, 2020