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Athletes are not superheroes, postpone the Games says British Olympian

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The Olympic Games should be postponed with immediate effect to protect athletes against the coronavirus pandemic, says Callum Skinner, head of the competitor-led movement Global Athlete.

FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics – Cycling Track – Final – Men's Team Sprint Final Gold Race – Rio Olympic Velodrome – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 11/08/2016. Callum Skinner (GBR) of Great Britain celebrates after winning the race and setting a new Olympic record. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

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LONDON: The Olympic Games should be postponed with immediate effect to protect athletes against the coronavirus pandemic, says Callum Skinner, head of the competitor-led movement Global Athlete.

The International Olympic Committee said on Sunday it would begin discussions about postponing the Games as it stepped up its "scenario planning" after widespread calls from athletes for the event to be shelved until the crisis dissipates.

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"To be clear I think the Games should be postponed. I think it's the best option, or it's the least worst option available to us now," Britain's cycling Olympic champion Skinner told Reuters TV before the IOC made its announcement.

"I think it's quite often misunderstood that athletes, especially Olympic athletes, are some kind of superheroes that are immune to everything. We're not and we can suffer from illnesses and injuries just as much as anyone else.

"As far as I'm aware none of the athletes have contracted the virus that I've spoken to but the whole poin of athlete health is really important."

Founded in February 2019, Global Athlete describes itself on its website https://globalathlete.org an "athlete-led movement that will inspire and lead positive change in world sport".

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