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

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

Nic Coward, the new chairman of UK Athletics, has suggested that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics should be postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.

It comes amid the cancellation of key qualifying events and mounting athlete criticism of the organisers’ stance to press ahead with plans to stage the event, which is due to run from 24 July to 9 August.

Coward told BBC Sport: “To leave it where it is is creating so much pressure in the system. It now has to be addressed.”

GB Taekwondo performance director Gary Hall, who is in Japan, said organisers are “nervous” and rates prospects of the Games beginning in July at “50-50”.

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