If the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee urges the IOC to postpone the Games, the IOC will be obliged to listen.
It's a shame that running, swimming and soon gymnastics can't be more magnanimous.
"We urge the USOPC, as a leader within the Olympic Movement, to use its voice and speak up for the athletes", Hinchey wrote.
Swimming Canada's CEO Ahmed El-Awadi followed with a statement, saying his organization shares numerous same concerns. "That includes the safety and well-being of our athletes - both physically and mentally - and the safety of the community at large", El-Awadi wrote.
"Each day that goes by without a decision creates more stress and anxiety for our athletes, who are anxious not only about themselves but about their communities".
"As long as the Games remain as their goal, we will maintain this impossible balancing act for the athletes and coaches, which will be hard to justify as time goes by". "They are four months from now", USOPC chair Susanne Lyons said.
Unless "the athletes' best interests" barely make the podium again.
"We have to concentrate on finding a reliable basis for decision-making". "It now has to be addressed".
While he stopped short of suggesting the Olympics should be delayed or canceled, Coe admitted events were "changing by the hour" and all options were on the table.
But as of midweek, Japan has had more than 27 deaths and 857 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
"We are not going to be the reason they don't have that opportunity".
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While they press forward with plans, leaders in Italy, where the coronavirus has accounted for more than 3,400 fatalities, have pleaded with the International Olympic Committee to change its stance.
While the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 organizers acknowledged "no solution will be ideal" in preparing for the games, they encouraged athletes to prepare as normal, despite coming under significant criticism from an increasing number of athletes.
Other national committees are already doing that.
"And extending deadlines that would reach nearly the date of the Games".
There are a growing number of calls for the Games not to take place this summer.
Many athletes' training regimens have, in fact, disintegrated, as gyms and communal workout spaces around the country have been closed.
"We're also asking athletes if it is available to them and in a safe and in an appropriate environment, based on local health official guidance, to continue to do what they can to prepare themselves for competition".
It added, "Athletes deserve every chance to compete", but "when it's clear that's no longer possible, they deserve honesty".
The USOPC has increased availability of mental and emotional counselling, as anxiety builds over what comes next.
USA Track and Field, athletics' United States governing body, has called for this summer's Olympics in Tokyo to be delayed because of the ongoing coronavirus situation. But the games are still set to begin in Tokyo on July 24 despite the world-wide reaction to the virus. "The USOPC will be leaders in providing accurate advice and honest feedback, and be unfailing advocates of the athletes and their safety, and the necessity of a fair platform for the Games".
"We have never discussed canceling the Games", the organizing committee told Newsweek on Wednesday. "We will be there and we will be ready".