The United States and New Zealand Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s voiced their support delaying the Tokyo Games on Monday as the Coronavirus continues to plague the world.
Overwhelming majority of American and the Kiwi athletes backed a postponement, following a survey conducted by the respecteive committee’s.
Team USA Olympic chiefs Sarah Hirshland and Susanne Lyons said the information gathered in the survey showed “it’s more clear than ever that the path toward postponement is the most promising.”
“We encourage the International Olympic Committee to take all needed steps to ensure the Games can be conducted under safe and fair conditions for all competitors,” Team USA said in a statement.
“1,780 US athletes responded to the survey, and 68 percent said they did not think the Games could be fairly contested as scheduled,” the statement added.
USOPC Statement on survey of Team USA athletes related to COVID-19 and Tokyo 2020.
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) March 23, 2020
Kiwi Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith, on the other hand, thanked athletes for their respective feedbacks.
“Our focus is first and foremost the athletes. We value their resilience and flexibility and we know working through the changes won’t be easy,” Kiwi Olympic Committee said in a statement.
Both governing bodies prioritized the health of the athletes, amidst the pandemic outbreak, which has claimed more than 16,000 lives globally.
Sporting calendar, across the globe, has been affected due to the constant spread of the Coronavirus outbreak.