KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 (Bernama) -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is committed to finding a solution with the least negative impact on athletes following the global COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is an exceptional situation which requires exceptional solutions. The IOC is committed to finding a solution with the least negative impact for the athletes, while protecting the integrity of the competition and the athletes’ health.
“No solution will be ideal in this situation, and this is why we are counting on the responsibility and solidarity of the athletes,” the IOC Media Relation team told Bernama.
With the Tokyo Olympics set to begin in 127 days, the virus is showing no signs of slowing down in any part of the world, except in China where no new cases were recorded yesterday.
The COVID-19 has already forced many Olympic qualifiers to be postponed or cancelled since early this year, while athletes’ training and periodisation plans have been halted as many countries are in lockdown to combat the virus.
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Many athletes around the world are venting their frustrations at the Tokyo Organising Committee and IOC for not postponing the global showdown, scheduled from July 24 to Aug 9.
However, the IOC encouraged the athletes to continue with their preparations, saying the situation needed exceptional solutions.
On Tuesday, IOC said it would make adjustments to the Tokyo Games qualifying system based on the proposal from the respective international sports federations as only 57 per cent of athletes have qualified so far.
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