Sport Gregg Popovich, Jerry Colangelo commit to Team USA through Olympic postponement
Tokyo 2020 organisers insist Olympics on despite virus 'concern'
Preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer are going ahead "as scheduled," organisers insisted on Wednesday, while acknowledging they are "concerned" about the spread of the new coronavirus. © Philip FONG The new coronavirus outbreak has raised concerns about the Tokyo Olympics Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori made the comments after a member of the organisers' executive board sounded the alarm on the virus outbreak, warning postponing the Games for two years might be the best option under the circumstances.
It is unclear if USA Basketball head coach Gregg Popovich is going to coach the team beyond the Tokyo Olympics, but he is going to ride out the coronavirus epidemic for as long as necessary.
USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said Tuesday that both he and Popovich, which is when the Tokyo Olympics are expected to take place.
The Summer Games have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Global athletes group calls for postponement of Olympics
A worldwide group representing Olympic hopefuls is calling on the IOC to postpone the Tokyo Olympics until the coronavirus pandemic is under control. © 2020 SOPA Images SHINJUKU, TOKYO, JAPAN - 2020/03/19: Japanese National Flag over the Olympic Rings symbol is seen at the entrance of the Japan Olympic Museum in Shinjuku. Japanese start thinking that it would be the best to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games due to the fear of spreading the Covid-19 Coronavirus more into its population.
“The commitments everyone made for 2020 are still there, we’re all in and we’re committed,” Colangelo said,. “It’s important to deal with the unknowns and this virus. This too shall pass and we’ll be back for everyone’s well being.”
Team USA training was scheduled to begin July 4 with the Olympics starting July 24, but the Tokyo Games were postponed this week. A new date for the Olympics has not been announced, and it’s possible there could be some scheduling conflicts depending upon if and when the NBA resumes its 2019-20 season.
Colangelo admitted that could be a potential issue.
“We will follow the leader. We have to wait to see how everything is laid out and we’ll make the adjustment,” Colangelo said. “Our players are NBA players first, let’s face that. … Changing the window for the NBA is easier said than done. There’s a lot of logistics and contracts to deal with. Same for the Olympics. You have to assume it will be around the same dates.”
Popovich has, but it makes sense that he and Colangelo are sticking with Team USA as long as necessary. The coronavirus outbreak has impacted the entire sports calendar. No one could have seen it coming.
Tokyo, under pressure, evokes the possibility of postponing the Olympics .
SANTE-CORONAVIRUS-JAPON-JO: Tokyo, under pressure, evokes the possibility of postponing the Olympics © Reuters / ISSEI KATO TOKYO, UNDER PRESSURE, CALLS ON POSSIBILITY OF POSTPONING Olympics TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted for the first time on Monday that a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics could be an option, as Canada became the first country to boycott the event by announcing that it would not send any delegation to Japan this summer because of the coronavirus