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International Olympic Committee hosts two hour conference call with Athlete Representatives as consultations continue ahead of Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has held a call with 220 athlete representatives from around the world in the latest of its consultations with stakeholders ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The conference call, chaired by Kirsty Coventry, chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, lasted for more than two hours and the unprecedented number of athlete representatives asked over 40 questions.

After the call she said: “I think the goal is definitely to get to the 24th July and the Tokyo Olympic Games but we also have to be realistic and not panic at this stage and know that this landscape is changing hourly and daily for everyone around the world and we share the concerns.

“We want to ensure that we are taking part in restricting this virus as much as possible and we are supportive of that, but at the end of the day the goal is to help all of our athletes get to Tokyo.”

IOC President Thomas Bach was also on the call. He said: “We aim to continue being very realistic in our analysis so we were confronted with many questions concerning the qualification system and the restrictions in place now, but we were also very constructive in considering the path to Tokyo and everybody realised that we still have more than 4 months to go. 

“We will address this action and we will keep acting in a responsible way that is in the interest of the athletes whilst always respecting our two principles. The first priority being the safeguarding and health of the athletes and contributing to the containment of the virus and secondly to protect the interest of the athletes and Olympic sport and this was the spirit of this very productive call.”

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