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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Athletes slam IOC for keeping Tokyo Olympics on track

Olympians cite coronavirus risk and disruptions to training as reasons to postpone

World champion pole vaulter Katerina Stefanidi has come out against the IOC's decision not to postpone the Tokyo Olympics.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A growing number of athletes have voiced opposition to organizers determined to host the Tokyo Olympics as scheduled, citing health risks associated with holding the event during a global pandemic.

"The IOC wants us to keep risking our health, our family’s health and public health to train every day? You are putting us in danger right now, today, not in 4 months," Katerina Stefanidi, the current pole vault champion from Greece, posted on Twitter Tuesday.

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