The IOC Athletes’ Commission expresses its support for the decision to postpone Tokyo 2020 until 2021 and hopes that it brings clarity to your preparation.

The decision to postpone has been taken to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved with the Games and the international community.

We will support you every step of the way and encourage you to continue to provide us with your feedback regarding the challenges of the pandemic.

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.

 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 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 to discuss this feedback and inform the IOC. In this respect, we are confident that the decision by the IOC, announced on 24 March 2020, is also fully supported by the athlete community.

While you have more clarity now regarding your preparation for the 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:

  1. Update you on any further developments regarding the Games and qualification systems;
  2. 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. We will 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