Statement by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (24th March 2020)
The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) has taken note of the joint-statement released by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.
“The OCM fully supports the IOC’s decision to postpone the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to a date no later than the summer of 2021. We will be considering the implications for our athletes over the coming days in consultation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the respective National Sports Association,” said Dato’ Sri Norza Zakaria, OCM President.
“We are glad that this decision is taken now, rather than later. Our major concern is the safety and wellbeing of the athletes and we empathise with those athletes who have qualified for Tokyo 2020. We are confident that the opportunity shall prevail itself for our athletes to still participate in the postponed Olympics. What is happening today is totally unprecedented. Hence, our priority as a sports community is to support our Government in its effort to eliminate the threats of COVID-19, with the well-being and safety of athletes being of utmost importance.”
“We will continue to collaborate with the relevant international and local stakeholders to ensure our athletes’ interest are protected,” Norza concluded.