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IOC to consider postponing Tokyo Games…Canada wants Olympic delay…Golf instructor has coronavirus

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee now says it will consider the possibility of postponing the Tokyo Olympics. The IOC says it will hold four weeks of discussions with global sports officials and Japanese authorities to examine the options. It says “scenario planning” will include the possibility of changing the July 24 start date for the Games, but that “cancellation is not on the agenda.” The IOC has been insisting the Games would go on as scheduled, even as athlete training, qualifying events and preparations for the Games have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian Olympic Committee has announced it will not send a team to the Tokyo Games unless they are postponed for a year. Canada is the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, but the committee says it was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives. However, it feels it was not safe for athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these Games.”

UNDATED (AP) — Two-time Olympic gold medalist Seb Coe has sent a letter to IOC president Thomas Bach stating that holding the Summer Games this July “is neither feasible nor desirable” with the coronavirus impacting huge swaths of the globe. Coe is a two-time Olympic track champion in the men’s 1,500 and president of the International Association of Athletics Federations. He sent the letter after meeting with leaders from around the world in track, which is the biggest sport at the Olympics.

LONDON (AP) — Leading golf instructor Pete Cowen tells The Daily Telegraph in Britain he has all the symptoms of the new coronavirus. Cowen says he has told all his players to follow health and government guidelines on COVID-19. Cowen works with Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka , Gary Woodland and Graeme McDowell, among many others.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Racing barefoot, three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin beat Dale Earnhardt Jr. off the final corner to win a NASCAR iRacing event at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. Damaged cars were repaired with the push of a button, among a few virtual signs that NASCAR backed quite an unreal race. NASCAR eased off the brake in the real sports world brought to a sudden halt by the coronavirus and introduced the country to iRacing with some of the sport’s biggest stars.

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