Press releases 25th March 2020

IOC Athletes’ Commission Statement

• The IOC Athletes’ Commission welcomes and fully supports the IOC’s decision to postpone the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 until 2021 in order to protect the health of the athletes, as well as wider society.

In recent days and weeks, we have engaged with numerous athlete representatives and the wider athlete community to hear your feedback and the challenges that you are facing due to the impact of COVID-19. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for openly and transparently sharing with us the difficulties that you have been facing and continue to face in these extraordinary circumstances.

The IOC AC held a virtual meeting yesterday to discuss this feedback and inform the IOC. In this respect, we are confident that today’s decision by the IOC is also fully supported by the athlete community. While you have more clarity now regarding your preparation for the Olympic Games, we encourage you to continue to provide us with your feedback and, very importantly, look after your health, as well as the health of your family and continue to support and be a role model to your community.

On our side, we will continue to:

• Update you on any further developments regarding the Games and qualification systems;
• Enhance the resources and information available to you on Athlete365, including advice on athlete training and preparation, mental and physical health, and anti-doping information and updates from WADA and the ITA.

We encourage all athletes and athlete representatives to continue to share their feedback with us (directly in our app or through athlete365@olympic.org) and ask any questions you might have, as we strive to support you in the best way we can, as we go through this exceptional situation together.

Stay Strong, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy
The IOC Athletes’ Commission

• This media release from the IOC Athletes Commission was published via the South African Football Association’s (SAFA) internet site on 25 March 2020. Click here for the original.

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