Coronavirus Outbreak: World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe says holding Olympics in July not feasible

Coe cited issues of fairness, the increased likelihood of injuries if athletes have to rush through training and the uncertainty caused by public health issues

The Associated Press March 23, 2020 13:16:42 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe says holding Olympics in July not feasible

London: World Athletics president Sebastian Coe sent a letter to IOC president Thomas Bach saying holding the Olympics in July is neither feasible nor desirable with the coronavirus impacting huge swaths of the globe.

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Coe sent the letter on Sunday after meeting leaders from around the world in track, which is the biggest sport at the Olympics. It came hours after the IOC announced it could take up to four weeks to make a decision on whether to postpone the games, which are scheduled to start 24 July.

Coe cited issues of fairness, the increased likelihood of injuries if athletes have to rush through training and the uncertainty caused by public health issues that are forcing many countries to order all people to stay indoors.

Coe reiterated what he's said before that nobody wants to see the Olympics postponed, but it can't be held at all costs, specifically the cost of athlete safety.

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