Tokyo 2020 date ‘now has to be addressed’ – UK Athletics chair

Nic Coward, former chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority, started working with UK Athletics in January

Nic Coward, the new president of UK Athletics, suggested that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games be postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.

This occurs amid the cancellation of the main qualifying events and the athletes 'growing criticism of the organizers' position to move forward with plans to organize the event, which should take place from July 24 to August 9.


Coward told BBC Sport: "Leaving it where it is is creating a lot of pressure on the system. Now, it needs to be resolved."

GB Taekwondo performance director Gary Hall, who is in Japan, said the organizers are "nervous" and ranks the Games' prospects starting in July between "50 and 50".

Elsewhere, Olympic committees in Norway and Slovenia urged the IOC to postpone the Games until the pandemic is under control.


On Friday, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach told the New York Times