ITTF supports decision to postpone Tokyo Olympics

Mar 25, 2020

ITTF supports decision to postpone Tokyo Olympics

Beijing (China) March 25: The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) on Tuesday expressed support to the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee announced in a joint statement earlier in the day that the Games have been postponed to no later than the summer of 2021.
The decision of postponement was made following a teleconference between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the IOC President Thomas Bach, taking the spread of COVID-19 worldwide into consideration and to best protect athletes, officials and fans.
"The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) expresses its support of today's decision," read a statement.
"As partners of the IOC since 1988, we at the ITTF have lived very good times," said the ITTF President Thomas Weikert. "We have grown as an Olympic sport and, more than ever, we are here to say that we wholeheartedly support today's IOC decision."
"We are conscious of how difficult it is to deal with the organization of a quadrennial event of such magnitude as the Olympic and Paralympic Games," he added.
For Raul Calin, the ITTF Secretary General, "in fact, the decision to postpone is a message of hope."
"The Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held and the IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee can count on the support of the ITTF, as always, to make these Games the greatest in history. We have been partners in very good times, and we will be stronger partners also in moments of difficulty," Calin pointed out.
The ITTF added that it will study further all of implications and work with the IOC on what the decision means from a sporting perspective.
Source: Xinhua