In an interview with BBC Radio 4 yesterday, the two times Olympics Champion and the president of World Athletics, Sebastian Coe said “anything is possible” regarding the postponement of Summer Olympics till next year. But he insisted that it’s too early to make decisions now when it’s still four months to go.
“Let’s not make a precipitant decision with four months to go when we don’t actually have to make that decision. I don’t think you actually have to make that decision at this moment. I have a responsibility for our showcase events, the Diamond League. We have postponed three of them, we haven’t postponed the whole season for the very simple reason we don’t have to make that decision at the moment”, he repeated.
“I will do what I can to try to keep the season intact because it is an athlete’s career. If you start removing events when you actually don’t need to… everyone accepts this is a very fast moving environment. It wasn’t that long ago we were talking about weeks, then we were down to days, now we’re trying to assimilate information and changes within the hour, so I need to be very careful I’m not removing the earning potential from athletes any more than I need to. At this moment, you don’t actually have to make that decision”, he concluded.