The uncertainty regarding the future of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 is expected to end soon, with World Athletics President Sebastian Coe assuring that a decision regarding the quadrennial event is expected soon. Also Read - Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty Pair Hopes to Get a New Foreign Coach After Tokyo Olympic Postponement
The world-wide outbreak of the COVID-19 has cast shadows over the Olympics, supposed to take place between July 24 and August 9 with numerous federations and athletes calling for postponement of the event, and Coe expects a decision on whether the Tokyo Games will go ahead will be taken shortly. Also Read - I See Myself Running at Tokyo Olympics: Record-Holding Marathon Runner Eliud Kipchoge
“A decision on the Olympic Games may become very obvious very quickly in the coming days and weeks. As I said last week, I don’t think we should have the Olympic Games at all costs, certainly not at the cost of athlete safety,” said Coe. Also Read - Hima Das Writes to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju For Access to Outdoor training at NIS Patiala
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is facing the heat for its stance on wait and watch approach on the fate of Tokyo Olympics later this year amid the coronavirus crisis. Multiple national federations and several athletes have asked for the Games to be delayed as a precautionary measure taking cue from other major sporting events which have also been either cancelled or postponed.
Coe pointed out that the Regional athletics officials were last week asked to talk to federations and their athletes so that World Athletics could get a global picture of the shifting landscape, with different parts of the world at different stages of the virus.
“The issue of competition fairness is paramount,” Coe said further. This is uncharted territory for all of us. If we lose the level playing field, then we lose the integrity of the competition. Nobody wants this, least of all the athletes or the fans.”