USA Track, Swimming call for postponement of Tokyo Olympics

A woman walks past a large display promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Friday, March 13, 2020. U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year because of the spreading coronavirus was immediately shot down by Japan's Olympic minister. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The U.S. track federation has added its name to a growing chorus of calls to postpone the Tokyo Olympics because of the coronavirus.

In a letter to the CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24.

The track federation joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday.