ASOIF General Assembly reiterates full support for Tokyo 2020

The ASOIF General Assembly met on 8 June and reiterated its commitment to supporting the safe and successful delivery of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “ASOIF and its member federations have been working hard and remain fully committed to support the successful delivery of the Games in Tokyo this summer despite the many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. With our International Federations having staged safely many major events during these past months, their expertise in event delivery will be fully exploited at Games time. We are better prepared than ever before.”

The General Assembly also re-elected World Athletics President Lord Sebastian Coe, World Archery and Turkish Olympic Committee President Ugur Erdener and United World Wrestling President Nenad Lalovic as Council members for another four-year term of office.

Lord Coe who also has served as ANOC Youth Commission Chair said: “I have to say, in terms of the protocol, planning, particularly around COVID, the safety of our athletes and local communities, no stone is being unturned. I cannot in my lifetime think of any other event that has had so much forethought put into the safety for all those involved. These Games can be delivered safely – we all have examples of that. It is really important that we get this message across – this is not 10,000 competitors all descending on a city without forethought or a plan and the systems in place are there not just to protect the athletes, but to protect the communities.”

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