Members, Friends and Fans:
Just today, the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government announced the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Making a Paralympic Team and representing your country in competition is the highest accomplishment that an NWBA Member can achieve on the court. Will Waller, NWBA CEO, said: “We’ve seen our athletes and staff train and prepare for this moment for years, and we want to thank them for their immeasurable sacrifice to our program and our association. When they compete, they represent all of us, they represent all of USA.”
The NWBA is committed to work with the USOPC on a plan that gives our program the best opportunity for success and our athletes the support they need throughout. Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee shared: “…the Games will be held at a date beyond 2020 but not later than the summer of 2021.” The IOC statement revealed that: “the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.”
Athletes, staff, family and fans will have many questions on the impact of this decision to postpone. The NWBA will work closely with all parties involved to ensure that our voice, and that of our athletes, continues to be included in the process. We will share more information as it becomes available.
Until then, please continue to adhere to guidance from your local lawmakers and public health professionals to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones.