FILE PHOTO – Passerby wearing protective face masks, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walk past the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics decoration board in Tokyo, Japan, March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

(Reuters) – New Zealand Olympic and Paralympic athletes support a postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the New Zealand Olympic Committee said on Tuesday.

“We support their position and will now share their views with the IOC as we advocate internationally on behalf of New Zealand athletes and sport. We reiterate the need for a swift decision,” New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith said in a statement.

“Our focus is first and foremost the athletes.”

(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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