Australia has pulled out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics billed to start from July due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
AOC Chief Executive Matt Carroll said the AOC’s executive board had made its decision without waiting for advice from the International Olympic Committee due to changing circumstances with the pandemic in recent days.
In another statement quoted by the AIPS Honorary Secretary General Roslyn Morris, it states that: “Athletes now need their own health and of those around them, and to be able to return to the families, in discussion with their National Federations”.
However, the World Athletics boss Coe had earlier made a statement which suggests that the safety of lives of athletes is paramount and holding the games amidst coronavirus is not dangerous.
In his statement, Coe said : “As I said last week, I don’t think we should have the Olympic Games at all costs. Certainly not at the cost of athletes”.
The clamour to have the Tokyo 2020 Olympics delayed has become a chorus. The International Olympics Committee (IOC) is set to start discussion on possible postponement of the Tokyo Olympics.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics was initially billed to hold from July 24 to August 9, 2020.