The american Federation of swimming has urged Friday the olympic and paralympic Committee (USOPC) of his country to push for a postponement of the Tokyo Games, given the pandemic of sars coronavirus.
The executive director of USA Swimming, Tim Hinchey, has “respectfully requested” to the USOPC ” to plead for the deferral of the olympic Games 2020 in 2021 “, in a letter addressed to Sarah Hirshland, general manager of the instance olympic american.
“We urge the USOPC, as a leader within the olympic Movement, to use its voice and to defend the athletes,” said Hinchey in this message on Twitter after the USOPC has estimated, earlier on Friday by the voice of its president, Susanne Lyons, that it was ” not necessary to press the IOC to take a decision “.
USA Swimming believes that the protocols of social distancing, or even of confinement imposed in some areas of the United States, in order to combat the spread of the Covid-19, had troubled greatly the preparation of the swimmers.
“As and to the extent that this global pandemic has grown, we have seen their world turned upside-down and we have seen them struggle to find ways to continue to prepare and train – a lot of them for the biggest competition of their lives,” wrote Hinchey.
“Our swimmers are always ready for any race, anytime and anywhere. However, go forward in the midst of the global health crisis this summer is not the answer. The thing fair and responsible to do is to give priority to the health and safety of each, ” he estimated.
“The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on entire populations, including those of our competitors respected. While the world has experienced disruptions unimaginable, only a few months before the olympic Games, which calls into question the fairness of rules for all “, he added.
“Our athletes are under pressure, stress and anxiety are enormous, and their mental health and well-being should be among the highest priorities “, he concluded.
The United States won 33 medals, including 16 gold, in the olympic pool for Rio in 2016. Their qualifications for the olympic games in Tokyo, very noted, are scheduled from 21 to 28 June in Omaha, Nebraska.