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Athletics boss: No definite position on Tokyo Olympics


Neto Baptiste

The Antigua and Barbuda Athletics Association
(ABAA) is yet to take a definite position on the staging of the 2020 Olympic
Games originally scheduled for July in Japan, but has since been postponed
until 2021.

President of the national association and
former national athlete, Everton
said the decision, if necessary, will involve all stakeholders.

“No we haven’t made a decision as yet, and
that would basically come from closer collaboration with the National Olympic
Committee, and I guess from there we will make our plans and make our
determination as to where or not we will participate or not. There is also the
involvement of our government where that is concerned because it is national
representation you are looking at and if the government decides there will be
some sort of threat if we participate in that game then it is also within the
government’s interest to determine whether we participate or not,” he said.

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA)
announced last week that it is willing to withdraw Jamaica’s athletes from the
2020 Tokyo Olympics if, in light of the evolving coronavirus pandemic, Japan
was not able to guarantee their health and safety.

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The Canadian Olympic Association, on Sunday,
warned that it won’t send its athletes to the Tokyo Olympics unless
they are postponed for a year. Australia and Great Britain also made similar

Cornelius said the association has however not
been in dialogue with the country’s overseas-based athletes.

“We have been having dialogue going forward
since there has been this crisis, but no one has indicated to us, to date, that
they are looking to come back home as yet. I guess some of them have relatives
in the United States [of America] and they would probably move towards their
relatives, but no one has really contacted the association asking for
assistance or direction where that is concerned,” he said.

Veteran International Olympic Committee member,
Dick Pound, told USA TODAY Sports on Monday afternoon that the 2020 Tokyo
Olympic Games are going to be postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Pound, a Canadian who has been one of the most
influential members of the IOC for decades, said the games will likely be moved
to 2021, with the details to be worked out in the next four weeks.

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