USA Gymnastics Calls for 2020 Tokyo Olympics Postponement Amid COVID-19

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2020

Alba Petisco of Spain performs on the beam during the America Cup gymnastics competition Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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USA Gymnastics has joined the list of governing bodies who support a postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

USA Gymnastics said it conducted a survey of its athletes, finding 62 percent of the respondents are in favor of moving the Olympics back.

Although the International Olympic Committee has yet to make an official announcement, IOC member Dick Pound told USA Today's Christine Brennan the Games will be postponed, but a future date has not yet been determined.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams provided a statement to Brennan about Pound's comments: "It is the right of every IOC member to interpret the decision of the IOC executive board which was announced [Sunday]."

IOC President Thomas Bach wrote a letter Sunday and said officials are discussing a number of scenarios in response to the coronavirus outbreak, with postponement among the options. Bach added that a resolution will arrive within four weeks.

The IOC may have its hand forced, though.

Canada has already announced it won't send representatives to Tokyo for the Olympics and Paralympics.

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The Australian Olympic Committee instructed its athletes to prepare for an eventual Summer Olympics in 2021. The AOC executive board said it "unanimously agreed that an Australian Team could not be assembled in the changing circumstances at home and abroad."

USA Gymnastics' position comes on the heels of USA Swimming and USA Track & Field publishing similar statements.

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe also wrote a letter to Bach in which he said holding the Olympics this summer is "neither feasible nor desirable" (via the CBC's Stephanie Jenzer):

More than 332,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed across the globe, and at least 14,500 deaths have been attributed to the disease, per CNN.

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