March 24, 2020 / 4:09 AM / 4 months ago

New Zealand's Olympic Committee, athletes support Games postponement

FILE PHOTO: A woman takes a photograph in front of the giant Olympic rings at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, Japan, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

(Reuters) - New Zealand Olympic and Paralympic athletes support a postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the New Zealand Olympic Committee said on Tuesday.

“We support their position and will now share their views with the IOC as we advocate internationally on behalf of New Zealand athletes and sport. We reiterate the need for a swift decision,” New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith said in a statement.

“Our focus is first and foremost the athletes.”

Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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