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Sports federations calling for postponement of 2020 Olympics

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ROCKFORD (WREX) - Multiple divisions of Team USA - from gymnastics, track & field, and swimming are calling for a postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The International Olympic Committee has not made that move - the IOC has said it is committed to continuing as scheduled. July 24 is the current date for the Opening Ceremonies.

Here in Illinois, the high school swimming season was able to complete its full year prior to coronavirus-related cancellations. Brian McGuire, a local high school and club coach at Boylan, Hononegah, and McGuire Aquatics, agrees the call to postpone Tokyo 2020 is the right course of action.

"At this point in time it's the right thing to do. You have kids that are training for four years, it's the end of the four-year cycle, they're coming up to it when the training is really important."

Collegiate swimmers saw their seasons end abruptly, and McGuire adds the Olympic setup runs up against current social distancing guidance.

"You're going to pack all these Olympians into a small area. They all live at the Olympic Village. Eating together, sleeping together, moving around together, you'll create another problem that we'll have in six months."

McGuire is firm in his stance. "What we do know is if we cancel it now, it's one less thing our athletes need to worry about."

A stance he says, is for the greater good of the Olympic community.

"That's what we need to do as a society so we can move past this and celebrate the Olympics in a year."

Dan Cohen

Sports Reporter

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