Thomas Bach turned to the athletes!
In connection with the problem of the spread of coronavirus, the holding of the Olympics in Tokyo is still in question. In this regard, the President of the IOC turned to the athletes with gratitude for their understanding and flexibility.
Being an Olympian myself, I perfectly understand what you are experiencing these days. You want to concentrate on training and competition and do not want to be distracted from the process of preparing for the Tokyo Olympics. But unfortunately, coronavirus is really a serious problem for everyone. Needless to say, this has been the main topic of discussion at the IOC Executive Board over the past two days.
After discussing the situation with WHO, the government of Japan, the organizing committee of the Olympics, with the leadership of the Tokyo Metro and authorities in other countries, especially China, I can assure you that we are full of hope to open the Olympics in Tokyo on July 24. We continue to monitor the situation and consult with specialists.
We know how complicated the qualification period is and what flexibility is required from you, your national Olympic committees and international federations.
Some of you had to change your training, competition, and travel plan. I personally want to thank you for your understanding and concessions. This is the spirit of Olympism.
I also want to assure you that we, together with national committees and federations, are trying to find the best solutions to this problem in order to ensure fair selection under the circumstances. We also continue to receive daily summaries and listen to WHO advice.
With the help of the special Athlete365 platform, we will keep you updated on the events so that you can best adapt to the situation and focus on the Olympics.
I hope that with this support you can fully concentrate on preparing for the Olympic Games. Then we will once again be able to unite the world through competitions. That's what makes the Olympic movement so unique, and you, as the main actors, inspire billions of people around the world.
See you soon at the Tokyo Olympics!
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