Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson says it's 'impossible' to prepare for the Olympics due to the coronavirus

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British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson has said she's 'unable to train' for the Olympics due to the uncertainty around the Games because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 27-year-old world champion also said she has returned to the UK because she usually trains in France, which is now in lockdown.

The athlete took to social media to share her chaotic last few weeks, posting: "France is now in complete lockdown. I already had limited gym access and no physiotherapy available but now I am unable to train and heading back to the UK, which is also facing evolving challenges.

"Further to this, my first heptathlon and training camp in America has been cancelled and the competition plan me and my coach made has to be torn up and redone.

"We're trying to follow information with how to continue safetly whilst reducing the risk to everyone around us  and the information of the IOC and local government are at odds with one another. The IOC advice 'encourages athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympic Games as best as they can' with the Olympics just four months away.

"But government legislation is enforcing isolation at home with tracks, gyms and public spaces closed. I feel under pressure to train and keep the same routine which is impossible.

"I'm in a very fortunate place given the circumstances. I'm healthy, well supported and I have already qualified for the Olympics. But at this moment it's difficult to approach the season when everything has changed in the lead up apart from the ultimate deadline."

Olympic and Paralympic chiefs have said up to now that the events are still going ahead as scheduled.

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