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After US, France’s Swimming Federation calls postponement of Tokyo Olympics

Prime News, International Sport and Games, Olympics, Paris (France), March 23:- France’s Swimming Federation Saturday joined its United States counterpart in calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The federation said, after a video conference of its Executive Committee that the current context does not allow the 2020 Olympic Games to be organised properly.

The federation called for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to study the possibility of a postponement. It said, measures restricting the movement of people in many countries, including France, mean that sporting fairness cannot be guaranteed in terms of preparation for this competition.

The call followed that of USA Swimming which on Friday urged the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee to back a postponement.

IOC President Thomas Bach insisted this week that it is premature to consider postponing the Tokyo Games, which are scheduled to start on July 24. The Norwegian Olympic Committee has also said they had asked the IOC to postpone the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo until the novel coronavirus pandemic is under control.

In a letter sent to the IOC, the Norwegian sports body said, it is concerned about the Covid-19 pandemic and the public health situation both nationally and internationally. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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