"It is with the burden of these serious concerns that we respectfully request that the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee advocate for the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 by one year". But after a long day of board meetings, the committee showed no appetite for using that leverage to push for more certainty, even as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to spike in the United States.
Wintels argued that it was unfair to put athletes in the position of training for the Games.
"There are no flawless answers, and this will not be easy; however, it is a solution that provides a concrete path forward and allows all athletes to prepare for a safe and successful Olympic Games in 2021".
"As I said last week, I don't think we should have the Olympic Games at all costs, certainly not at the cost of athlete safety".
Widespread speculation that the summer Olympic Games will have to be postponed moved up a notch after the head of the International Olympic Committee suggested for the first time that a delay might be inevitable in the face of the global outbreak of the new coronavirus. "NOC*NSF is aware of our way of thinking", he told NOS.nl.
"Our clear recommendation is that the Olympic Games in Tokyo shall not take place before the COVID-19 situation is under firm control on a global scale", the letter reads, according to the Associated Press.
"Rest assured, we are making your concerns clearly known to them", they said.
There have been so many cancelled sporting events that national federations are struggling with the Olympic selection process and restrictions on personal contact and travel has hampered the efforts of anti-doping organisations, with UKAD and USADA this week admitting they have had to scale back testing.
"We have a lot of procedures and guidelines in place", Finnoff added. At a time when we are urged to regard every fellow human being as a potential vector of disease, the most powerful administrator in sport is still entertaining the prospect, in 124 days' time, of throwing 14,000 athletes into the world's largest Petri dish.
"They want the Olympic and Paralympic community to be very intentional about the path forward - and to ensure that we aren't prematurely taking away any athletes' opportunity to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games until we have better clarity", the USOPC leaders said in their statement. "We as a cycling federation can send the strongest and most promising delegation ever".
Furthermore, Heena Sidhu, the first Indian pistol shooter to win a gold medal in an ISSF World Cup finals, supported the idea of postponement by saying lives shouldn't be put on the line while hoping the International Olympic Committee makes the right decision when the time comes.
"It should be postponed under the current situation where athletes are not well prepared".
Response from those athletes has been varied, she said, often depending on where athletes live in the U.S. On Thursday, swimmer Jacob Pebley, who trains in Southern California, called for a postponement.
With the exception of the two world wars, the Olympics have never been canceled since they began in their modern guise in 1896. "They're four months from now".