Chef-de-mission Chong Wei urges calm

FORMER national shuttler Lee Chong Wei has urged national athletes to remain calm amid the uncertainty surrounding the Tokyo Olympics due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chong Wei, who is Malaysia’s Tokyo 2020 chef-de-mission, reminded athletes, who have qualified for the Olympics, to continue maintaining their fitness levels and be prepared for any possible circumstances.

“For now, we have to stay at home.

“Exercise and take care of your health. What matters now is to stay safe,” said Chong Wei.

The former World No 1 added that he is awaiting a decision on the Games as it could be postponed.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Council have stated that the Games could be postponed from its original date of July 24-Aug 9 but would not be cancelled.

“A decision will be made within four weeks. Japan has already shared the news on social media that they will be discussing this. Canada and Australia have also made their decision,” added Chong Wei.

“At the moment, there is no final decision yet. We have to wait and see what IOC, Japan and the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) say.

“It is a big decision to make and we have to wait.”

Canada will not send their athletes to Tokyo if it is not postponed while Australia have told their athletes to prepare for a Olympic Games next year.

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