Some Olympians considered it irresponsible to hold the games against the backdrop of a coronavirus pandemic.
Athletes are criticizing the International Olympic Committee over its decision not to cancel the summer Olympics in Tokyo, despite the new coronavirus pandemic.
During a teleconference with representatives of regional Olympic committees and sports organizations, IOC chief Thomas Bach said that there are no plans to cancel the Tokyo Olympics, which are scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9.
Four-time British rowing champion Matthew Pinsent criticized Bach’s position on Twitter and called on the IOC to cancel the games. According to the athlete, recommendations to stay at home “are incompatible with sports training, moving and concentration, which is required from athletes in the upcoming Olympics.”
Other prominent Olympians spoke in a similar vein. Canadian ice hockey p layer Hayley Wickenheiser, winner of four gold medals and an IOC member who is currently training as a doctor, tweeted that the decision not to cancel the games is “unwise and irresponsible, given the situation of Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, Olympic associations around the world were forced to postpone or cancel qualification events for the Olympics. The pandemic also affected the training regime of athletes.