After months of internal discussions and mounting pressure from nations and athletes across the world, the International Olympic Committee postponed Tokyo Olympic games by an year. There are several options on the table, all of which hinge on the day-to-day progression or regression of the coronavirus outbreak. Nenad Lalovic, who is president of Governing body of world wrestling (UWW) makes statement on Tokyo 2020 and next steps.
In his letter he said “Dear Athletes and Members of the Wrestling Community, Coming from the Joint Statement of the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, I would like to inform you that the Tokyo2020 Games will be postponed to no later than Summer 2021.”
“This decision was made after accounting for the health of the athletes, those involved in the Olympic Games, and the international community at-large. The decision to delay will have a significant impact on our athletes and the remaining qualification process,” he added.
“Like other federations and stakeholders, we are waiting to receive more detailed guidelines from the IOC Sports Department concerning the qualification process and will provide an update as soon as possible. I understand that this delay impacts your preparations, and there are many uncertainties at this moment, but I assure your health and safety remain our top priority. As things change, I promise to keep you up to date,” he further added in his statement.
In the coming weeks, the United World Wrestling executive board will meet via teleconference and – keeping the global situation in mind — make decisions to help determine the remaining UWW events for 2020.