- - Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The COVID-19 news coming out of Tokyo is alarming. At the time of this writing, the number of Olympic athletes and staff testing postive for the virus is 61.  How many more need to be identified before the games are postponed?

I realize that making the decision to send athletes home at this late date would be incredibly difficult. But let me ask this: Why take the risk? Given everything we know about how quickly the variant is spreading, isn’t it likely that hundreds, if not thousands, of athletes and staff will return home sick when the games are over?

Last year the Olympics were postponed because of the uncertainty surrounding the virus. This year we know a lot more about it than we did last summer. It’s clear to me athletic equipment can’t protect anyone from COVID-19.  

In my opinion, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Pull the plug on the Tokyo Olympics now. 

 



DENNY FREIDENRICH

Laguna Beach, Calif.

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