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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee And Athletes’ Advisory Council Issue Joint Statement On International Olympic Committee’s Update To Global Athlete Community

By United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, USOPC Athletes' Advisory Council | March 22, 2020, 5:59 p.m. (ET)


The following statement is attributable to USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland and USOPC AAC Chair Han Xiao:

“The progress reflected in today’s IOC update to the global athlete community is an important step in providing clarity, but our athlete community continues to face enormous ambiguity surrounding the 2020 Games in Tokyo. Having spent countless hours communicating with IOC leadership, our peers around the world, our NGBs and the athletes we serve, we know the difficult obstacles ahead and we are all appreciative that the IOC has heard our concerns and needs, and is working to address them as quickly as possible.

Every day counts. We remain steadfast in our recommendation that Team USA athletes continue to heed the advice of public health officials and prioritize their health and wellness over all else. At the same time we are eager to continue to explore alternatives to ensure all athletes have a robust and fulfilling Olympic and Paralympic experience, regardless of when that can safely occur. Together we will find solutions that keep the spirit of the Games alive.”