The head of USA Swimming is calling for the upcoming Tokyo Summer Olympics to be postponed until next year, citing disruptions the COVID-19 global pandemic has forced onto athletes’ lives as well as their training and competition schedules.

USA Swimming CEO Tim Hinchey made the request in a letter sent to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, saying he felt “compelled” to ask for a delay in one of the world’s largest sporting events. It’s the most prominent such call yet in the U.S., coming from one of the country’s most successful sporting federations — and one whose athletes make up a large chunk of the U.S. Olympic team.

The Tokyo games are set to begin in July. In a recent news conference, President Trump said experts’ estimates of when life might return to normal have ranged from, at best, July to August. Despite such dire predictions, Olympics organizers have insisted the Summer Olympics will take place as planned, even as a number of other high-profile sporting events have been either canceled or postponed.

Concerns about the deadly respiratory virus’s ability to spread at large gatherings have prompted the Kentucky Derby to be postponed until September. The NBA and NHL suspended their seasons and the MLB and pro golf have also hit the pause button.

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