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2020 Olympics & Paralympics Postponed

Tuesday, March 24, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Beth Spilman
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Dear Athletes and the ACA Olympic and Paralympic Community,


We are all heartsick about the continuing spread and risks associated with COVID-19 that just prompted the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games. We know you’ve been working hard to train and prepare for the Games and that you and your families have made many sacrifices in support of this effort. We do, however, applaud the decision of the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee to put the health and wellbeing of the world’s finest athletes first.


As the IOC, ICF, and USOPC begin to craft a new plan for the Games in 2021, we commit to serving as your advocate and voice as decisions are made. We also pledge to communicate transparently and quickly as developments occur.


Please be sure to read Sarah Hirschland’s letter to all Team USA Athletes which we have re-printed below.


As always, I encourage you to contact me directly with any questions or concerns you may have.


Take care,


Beth Spilman

Executive Director

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