The Olympic Federation of Ireland has welcomed the decision to postpone the Summer Olympic Games to 2021, considering the current global crisis.
In a statement issued this afternoon, the OFI said: “Given the fast developments around the world with the Covid-19 pandemic makes this the correct decision under difficult circumstances.”
“The focus for Team Ireland now will be on protecting and safeguarding the Irish athletes over the coming months and ensuring that they can bounce back to full training and be in peak condition for a successful Games in 2021.”
“This is the right call given the times that we are in,” said OFI Chief Executive Peter Sherrard.
“Nonetheless we recognize it was a difficult call for Japan to make, and we are looking forward to working with the IOC and countries all over the world to make Tokyo 2021 a poignant moment for the whole world once these difficult times are over.”
“This decision, while totally appropriate, will impact on sport and our athletes in different ways, there will be mixed emotions,” added Team Ireland Chef de Mission Patricia Heberle.
“Our focus is to continue to engage with and support our sports as we gather as much information to determine how this will impact on both athletes who have already qualified and those who are on the path to qualification.”
Discussions will now take place with Team Ireland’s group of sponsors and partners about how their relationship can be extended through to the new date for the Games and how each can gain value from the partnership once normal activities resume.
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