World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe has added his voice to the growing chorus of calls for this year’s Tokyo Olympics to be postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed his determination earlier this month that the games would proceed as planned in July, but even he now believes a delay may be “inevitable”.
Triple Olympic champion Lord Coe is the highest profile figure to date to call for a postponement. In a letter to International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, Coe said holding the event in July 2020 was "neither feasible nor desirable" because of the current crisis.
"Whilst we all know that different parts of the world are at different stages of the virus, the unanimous view across all our areas is that an Olympic Games in July this year is neither feasible nor desirable," the letter said.
Following a meeting yesterday the IOC said a decision should come within weeks.
Canada announced earlier today that it was pulling its athletes out of the games.