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USA Swimming Calls For One-Year Postponement Of 2020 Olympic Games

Mar 20, 2020, 1:19 PM | Updated: 1:29 pm
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Dana Vollmer of the United States competes in the Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – USA swimming sent a letter to the United States Olympic Committee calling for a one-year postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo due to coronavirus concerns.

The letter was addressed to U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland on Friday, March 20.

“The right thing and responsible thing to do is prioritize everyone’s health and safety and appropriately recognize the toll this pandemic is taking on athletic preparations,” wrote USA Swimming CEO Tim Hinchey III. “It is with the burden of these serious concerns that we respectfully request that the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee advocate for the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 by one year.”

“As this global pandemic has grown, we have watched our athletes’ worlds be turned upside down and watched them struggle to find ways to continue to prepare and train — many for the biggest competitive opportunity of their lives,” wrote Hinchey.

Coronavirus concerns have caused postponements, pauses, and cancellations across the sporting world. Since March 12, the four major sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL) have all seen adjustments to game schedules or league operations due to the virus. The annual NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments were canceled and won’t take place for the first time since 1938.

The 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan from Friday, July 24 to Sunday, August 9. The game will broadcast on KSL TV.

Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC does not recommend wearing a face mask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth service through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If  you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov.

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