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World Athletics welcomes Tokyo Olympic Games postponement
World Athletics has released a statement welcoming the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese Government to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to 2021.
The statement advises that the postponement “is what athletes want” and that the “decision will give all athletes, technical officials and volunteers some respite and certainty in these unprecedented and uncertain times.”
It adds “athletics will continue to do whatever we can to preserve and create an outdoor season of one-day meetings in 2020, starting and ending later than usual, so athletes, when they are able and it is safe to, will have access to competitions in every region. This will help them benchmark their performances and adjust their training accordingly for an Olympic Games in 2021. In light of this announcement, we will also expedite our current review of the Olympic qualification system, in cooperation with the IOC, and release any changes to the process as soon as possible so athletes know where they stand.
“World Athletics stands ready to work with the IOC and all sport on an alternative date for the Olympic Games in 2021 and has already been in discussion with the Organising Committee of the World Athletics Championships Oregon 21 regarding the possibility of moving the dates of this highly popular worldwide event. They have reassured us that they will work with all of their partners and stakeholders to ensure that Oregon is able to host the World Athletics Championships on alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”
Commenting after the announcement of the postponement, World Athletics President Lord Coe, advised “the athletes have been under intolerable conditions, many of them are unable to train and many have been going through real emotional turmoil.”
Coe, who was Chairman of the London 2012 organising committee, added "the integrity of competition would have been seriously compromised if we had tried to force the Games into the remaining part of this year."
The Olympics have never been delayed in their 124-year modern history, though they were cancelled altogether in 1916, 1940 and 1944 during World War One and World War Two.
Major Cold War boycotts disrupted the Moscow and Los Angeles summer Games in 1980 and 1984.
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24th March 2020 - Uncertainty over Olympics postponement
23rd March 2020 - IOC sets deadline for potential Tokyo Olympics postponement
16th March 2020 - Olympic organisers announce on time completion of all Tokyo 2020 venues
10th March 2020 - No spectators to attend Tokyo Olympic Games torch lighting ceremony
11th February 2020 - APT Asia Pacific offers green surfacing solutions at Tokyo 2020 Olympics
3rd February 2020 - Indoor arena for 2020 Olympics and Paralympics opened in Tokyo
13th December 2019 - Sport Group backs new World Athletics brand
3rd September 2019 - IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha set to be region’s biggest ever event
17th August 2017 - World athletics looks to Qatar after IAAF World Championships flag hand over
15th January 2020 - International Olympic Committee deliver guidelines on political protests
6th January 2020 - Chinese organisers move forward with 2022 Winter Olympics venues
3rd December 2019 - Completed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium handed over to Japan Sport Council
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