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