Double Olympic champion Max Whitlock calls for patience on Tokyo Games decision

Whitlock won two gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics (PA Images)
Whitlock won two gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics (PA Images)
10:05am, Sat 21 Mar 2020
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Two-time Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock is confident a ruling will be made soon as to whether the Tokyo Games will go ahead, but has urged people not to rush the decision.

The 27 year-old, who became Olympic champion in both the floor exercise and pommel horse events at Rio 2016 as well as bronze in the all-around, is looking to repeat the feat in Japan this summer.

And while the Hertfordshire-born athlete admits it is not the best situation to be in ahead of the Games, the key for competitors is to remain professional.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: "The decision will come but it just can't come right now. As athletes we have to be very patient.

"There's still a little bit of time. It might be in a month's time or two months' time but whenever it is, we'll know."

"As soon as you think it's not going ahead, that's all motivation gone in one instant for a lot of athletes."

Whitlock also revealed that he may have to train either in his garage or outside if his gym in Basildon, Essex is closed by the government in a big to prevent the spread of the virus.

Earlier this week, IAAF President Seb Coe had a similar message to people about the decision on the Olympics.

He said: "Let's not make a precipitous decision when we don't have to four months out. If you had to ease that date, you'd have to ease it. It is possible. Anything is possible."

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