Siegel urged the USOPC to assist a postponement, citing the well being and security of athletes in addition to disruption to coaching and competitors schedules brought on by the COVID-19 disaster.
“Our athletes are beneath super strain stress and nervousness, and their psychological well being and wellness is amongst our highest priorities,” Siegel mentioned.
“The suitable and accountable factor to do is to prioritize everybody’s well being and security and appropriately acknowledge the toll this tough scenario has, and continues to take, on our athletes and their Olympic Video games preparations.
“For these causes, USATF is respectfully requesting that the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) advocate to the IOC for the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Video games in Tokyo.”
Siegel acknowledged that there “had been no excellent solutions” to what was a “very complicated and tough choice.”
“However this place a minimum of gives our athletes with the consolation of figuring out that they may have satisfactory time to correctly put together themselves bodily, mentally and emotionally to have the ability to take part in a protected and profitable Olympic Video games, and that they will shift their focus towards caring for themselves and their households,” he mentioned.
‘Communicate up for athletes’
“We urge the USOPC, as a frontrunner throughout the Olympic motion, to make use of its voice and converse up for the athletes.”
On Friday, USOPC chairwoman Susanne Lyons mentioned there was no want for the IOC to make a right away choice on a attainable postponement of the Tokyo video games, insisting that organisers had time on their aspect.
“I believe we’d concur with the IOC to say that we want extra professional recommendation and knowledge than now we have at the moment to decide,” Lyons mentioned.
“And we do not have to decide. Our video games usually are not subsequent week, or two weeks from now. They’re 4 months from now.
“So we’re affording the IOC the chance to assemble that info and professional recommendation. At this time limit, we don’t really feel that it’s a necessity for us to insist that they decide.”
Nevertheless, the USOPC place met with fast resistance, with USA Swimming issuing an open letter calling for Olympic chiefs to hunt a postponement.
“We urge the USOPC, as a frontrunner throughout the Olympic Motion, to make use of its voice and converse up for the athletes,” USA Swimming chief govt Tim Hinchey wrote.
“The suitable and accountable factor to do is to prioritize everybody’s well being and security and appropriately acknowledge the toll this world pandemic is taking up athletic preparations,” he added.
The requires an Olympic postponement by US federations mirror requests in different nations. France’s swim federation has additionally known as for a delay, together with British observe and subject’s governing physique.
Retired US observe and subject star Ashton Eaton, a double Olympic decathlon champion, mentioned on Twitter that delaying Tokyo for a yr was the one smart choice.
“Tokyo 2021. Nothing else is sensible,” Eaton wrote. “Anything is socially irresponsible.
“How can the IOC and Japanese NOC in good conscience maintain one of many world’s largest and most vital gatherings and threat facilitating the acceleration of world contagion and having the worst occasion in historical past?
“Most proof … confirmed Tokyo2020 is/was set to be probably the greatest Olympics in historical past,” he added.
“Japan, the athletes, the sponsors, the followers, native companies; all deserve the very best shot at that. 2020 will not be it.”