The Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC), beneath strain to postpone this summer season’s Tokyo Video games, is asking Nationwide Olympic Committees (NOCs) concerning the influence of the coronavirus disaster on athlete preparation. In a questionnaire entitled “COVID-19 and preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games”, which AFP has obtained in French, the IOC asks the Olympic committees of its member nations “how do the emergency rules regarding COVID-19 restrict the coaching and preparation of your athletes?”
The IOC has been beneath strain since USA Swimming on Friday opened what has turn out to be a refrain of protests by urging that the Video games, scheduled from 24 July to 9 August, be known as off.
In its questionnaire, the IOC asks about doable pressured alterations and even relocation of coaching camps, with out indicating what it intends to study from the solutions.
On Friday, USA Swimming warned that its swimmers might not practice usually with out the danger of catching the virus.
They had been echoed by the French swimming federation, the Norwegian Olympic Committee and athletes.
The pinnacle of USA Monitor and Subject Max Siegel “respectfully requested” in a letter that the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) “advocate … for the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Video games in Tokyo”.
Along with the rising variety of voices in favour of a delay, the cascading postponement of main worldwide sports activities competitions, such because the Euro 2020 soccer match, which has been pushed again a 12 months, is placing the IOC beneath strain.
On Friday, IOC President Thomas Bach informed the New York Instances that it could be “untimely” to postpone.
“We’re four-and-a-half months away from the Video games,” Bach stated.
“For us, (postponement) wouldn’t be accountable now.”