Quote Of The Day
“Next month’s World Athletics Half Marathon Championships will take place without Team USA, because USA Track & Field chose to deny athletes who rightfully qualified their chance to compete in their event’s biggest stage, and did so in the quietest way possible. If only this was a first. …”
“USATF has defaulted on both responsibilities this summer. They cancelled the Outdoor National Championships – something many European countries held later in the summer – and now they are choosing not to field a national team squad in a global championship. They mouthed something about safety, but given the return of sports – and, in some cases, fans – in the US and around the world, “safety” comes off looking like a cover for indecisiveness, generic unconcern or institutional risk aversion.”
“Yes, there are risks. There are always risks. Twice now in 2020 USATF has decided that fulfilling their basic charter-defined missions is not worth the risks most other sports have mitigated or overcame.”
“Perhaps at some point athletes will start thinking that their athletic careers, their athletics ambitions, are not worth the risks of putting those careers and ambitions in the hands of the national governing body.”
– Excerpt from a column on NALathletics.com entitled “USATF brushes off athletes, punts on Team USA for World Half-Marathon Championship” about USATF’s decision to not send a team to the 2020 World Half Marathon Championships.
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