USTA releases statement on 2020 Tokyo Olympics


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USTA releases statement on 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) "fully supports" the decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. On Tuesday, it was announced the Tokyo Olympics would be taking place in 2021. "The decision to postpone the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo was obviously a difficult one, and we under the frustration and disappointment that so many of the athletes are experiencing right now," the USTA said in a statement released.

"Ultimately, though, with the ongoing and evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus, this was the most prudent and appropriate decision. The USTA is in full support of this move, as the health and safety of the athletes, fans, volunteers, staff and all those involved with Tokyo 2020 are the highest priority.

We will work closely with the IOC, USOPC, WTA, ATP, and ITF as we move forward in this process." The decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics because of the coronavirus didn't come as a surprise. "Considering the current situation, in regards to the Tokyo Games, as the host nation, in order to ensure that athletes from all over the world are able to compete in their best condition, and also in order to ensure the utmost safety for the spectators, I have asked him to consider postponing the games by about a year,” Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Tuesday, per NBC News.

Meanwhile, the IOC said in a joint statement with the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee: "The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present."