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Monday Mar 23 2020

Russian committee urges 'Olympic calm' over Tokyo 2020 amid coronavirus fear


The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) on Monday urged the global sports community to remain calm as the coronavirus pandemic threw the future of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 into uncertainty.

"Panic is the worst that can happen in the current situation," the ROC said in a statement.

"The ROC urges all the representatives of the sports community to keep Olympic calm, to act systematically and constructively while preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games," it added.

The Games in Japan are due to begin July 24 but the growing scale of the global coronavirus pandemic has threatened their future.

A growing number of national sports federations have in recent days called in for the Games to be postponed.

"We view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organisations in charge of staging the Games and to force them to take rash decisions," the ROCĀ“s statement added.

Russia has been at the centre of a doping scandal since 2015 revelations of long-term institutional doping involving senior officials from the country.

Russian athletes were excluded from the last Winter Games in Pyeongchang, a ruling which would extend to Tokyo subject to a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.